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Senior citizen drivers may not be more dangerous, after all

Good news for families or communities with older drivers — and good news for all of us who expect to get older. It seems that the higher rate of auto accident fatalities for older drivers is not because they are bad drivers, but because they are more frail. This suggests that the number of senior citizens who continue driving past the time that they should quit is smaller than we often hear (or fear).

I’d still feel better if Tennessee required testing (especially of vision) for driver’s license renewals of people over a certain age, and I’d like for Oak Ridge seniors to have more transportation options to make it easier for them to turn in their car keys, but it’s good to know that senior drivers aren’t the “hazard on wheels” that they are sometimes suggested to be.


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