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Regulating older drivers: are new policies needed?

Regulating older drivers: are new policies needed?

Loughran, David S., 1969- author; Zakaras, Laura, author; Seabury, Seth A., author

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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Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Institute for Civil Justice 2007

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Statement of responsibility: David S. Loughran, Seth A. Seabury, Laura Zakaras
ISBN: 0833041940, 083304284X, 9780833041944, 9780833042842
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 21-23).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 23 pages) : illustrations.
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series: Occasional paper
Subject: Traffic safety United States Evaluation.; LAW Civil Law.; LAW Taxation.; Automobile Driving legislation & jurisprudence.; Drivers' licenses United States.; Aged.; Traffic regulations United States.; Risk assessment United States.; Safety Management.; Older automobile drivers Government policy United States.; Public Policy.; Accidents, Traffic prevention & control.; United States.; Risk Reduction Behavior.; Risk Assessment.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Series Title: Occasional paper (Rand Corporation)
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Estimating the relative riskiness of older drivers
  2. The relative riskiness of older drivers
  3. Policy implications.