Missouri’s Oldest Drivers Causing More Than Their Fair Share Of Accidents

KMOX, Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A study out of Washington says Missouri’s older drivers are causing more than their fair share of fatal traffic crashes. Frank Moretti is the director of  research for  TRIP, the group that did the study. He says the answer isn’t taking away licenses from older drivers, but instead, to make Missouri’s roads safer.

He says Congress is debating a bill that would give more money for safety improvement projects. He says the sooner that’s resolved the sooner roads across the country could be safer for drivers 65 years and older. He says bigger, clearer traffic signs and better lighting would make the roads safer for older drivers. He also suggested the state pursue more alternatives to personal transportation, like public transit, carpools and shuttles.

Missouri ranks 11th in the nation for the number of older drivers who are killed in traffic crashes in 2010, and 12th in the number of fatalities where the crash involved a driver 65 years or older. Missouri also ranks 17th in the number of drivers ages 65 and older who are licensed, and 19th in the share of fatal crashes involving a driver over 65.

Find more information or read the study here.

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