In 2006 the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) identified Senior Safety and Mobility as a priority research area.
The Foundation's report finds that aggressive driving is a factor in up to 56% of deadly vehicle crashes. Motorists are concerned with others’ aggressive driving while many are guilty themselves.
A growing body of research suggests that using a mobile telephone while driving increases a driver’s risk of being involved in a crash.
Several studies analyzing driver death rates in relation to age have shown that driver death rates form a “U-shaped” curve wherein young drivers have high death rates, the rates decrease through young adulthood, level off in middle age, and increase to their highest levels at the oldest ages (e.g., Evans 2000; Williams & Shabanova, 2003;
A Missouri state law helps prevent unsafe drivers from continuing to drive and could serve as a model law for the rest of the country.
This study surveyed thousands of drivers, a large proportion of whom are seniors, to gain insight into their understanding, acceptance, and use of four specific relatively newer in-vehicle technologies.
As a follow-up to the License Policy workshop, the Foundation began work on a project documenting North American driver's license agency approaches for improving safety for older and medically at-risk drivers. The project surveyed state and provincial licensing officials to obtain updated information on current policies and practices. Additional detail was gathered on promising or innovative programs and activities that might be replicated elsewhere. Both the policies/practices and noteworthy initiatives are summarized in a searchable online database for use by driver licensing officials, policy makers, aging services providers, researchers, and media personnel, as well as older adults and their families.
The AAA Foundation hosted a workshop of experts in the field to: (1) Synthesize the present state of knowledge regarding the identification and screening of and interventions for high-risk drivers as it relates to the ability of aging drivers to continue to drive safely; (2) Develop a consensus-based set of recommendations; and (3) Identify the most important knowledge gaps and research needs related to older driver safety.
AAAFTS has a core mission to identify traffic safety problems, foster research that seeks solutions, and disseminate information and educational materials that improve traffic safety.
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