Discussion on keeping senior drivers safe on the roads

Today, dozens of people from around the state met to discuss strategies to keeping senior drivers safer on the roads ahead.

The event was sponsored by AAA Allied Group and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

AAA research shows that 5,000 people age 65 and over are killed each year in accidents. People over 65 represent the fastest growing age group in the U.S.

It’s expected that by 2030, about 1 in 4 licensed drivers will be among them.

AAA Officials like Jacob Nelson says there’s other solutions than just taking keys away.

“Talked a little bit today to folks about some of the things we can do at the DMV to make it easier for health care providers, for law enforcement officers,” says Nelson. “The people who interact with older drivers the most, the ones who refer them to the state licensing agency for a closer look. Kansas is actually doing quite well.”

According to AAA, in Kansas, about 1/3 of a million licensed drivers are age 65 and older.

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