Regulating older drivers : are new policies needed? / David S. Loughran, Seth A. Seabury, Laura Zakaras.
Contributor(s): Seabury, Seth A [author.] | Zakaras, Laura [author.].Material type: BookSeries: Occasional paper (Rand Corporation): Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Institute for Civil Justice, 2007Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 23 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 083304284X; 1281180793; 6611180796; 9780833042842; 9781281180797; 9786611180799.Subject(s): Drivers' licenses -- United States | Older automobile drivers -- Government policy -- United States | Risk assessment -- United States | Traffic regulations -- United States | Traffic safety -- United States -- Evaluation | Accident Prevention | Accidents, Traffic | Accidents | Adult | Age Groups | Aged | Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena | Automobile Driving | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Behavior | Environment and Public Health | Epidemiologic Measurements | Epidemiologic Methods | Health Care Economics and Organizations | Health Care Evaluation Mechanisms | Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation | Health Care | Health Services Administration | Human Activities | Investigative Techniques | Named Groups | Organization and Administration | Persons | Policy | Probability | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health | Public Policy | Quality of Health Care | Risk Assessment | Risk Management | Risk Reduction Behavior | Risk | Safety Management | Safety | Social Control Policies | Social Control, Formal | Social Sciences | Sociology | Statistics as Topic | Drivers' licenses | LAW -- Civil Law | LAW -- Taxation | Risk assessment | Traffic regulations | Traffic safety -- Evaluation | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic book. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Regulating older drivers.DDC classification: 343.7309/46 Online resources: Digital version
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 21-23).
Estimating the relative riskiness of older drivers -- The relative riskiness of older drivers -- Policy implications.
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Are older drivers posing an increasing risk to the public? If they are, what options should policymakers consider to mitigate that risk? This research offers a new perspective on these questions. Using an innovative approach to estimate the extent to which older drivers are on the road and their riskiness compared with drivers of other age groups, the study finds that older drivers (those 65 and older) are slightly (16 percent) likelier than drivers aged 25 to 64 to cause an accident and that they pose much less risk to the public than do drivers aged 18 to 24, who are nearly three times likelier than older drivers to cause an accident. However, because of their greater frailty, older drivers are much likelier than other drivers are much likelier than other drivers to be seriously injured or killed when involved in an accident. In light of these findings, the authors find little support for the idea that stricter licensing policies targeting older drivers would substantially improve traffic safety.
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