There are 1.6 million drivers over the age of 65 in Pennsylvania, comprising 18 percent of all motorists. A recent study, done by nonprofit research organization TRIP, found that these elderly drivers are involved in a disproportionately high percentage of fatal car accidents.
According to the study:
The study, titled "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans," recommends a few roadway safety improvements, including:
Pennsylvania has one such program, Seniors for Safe Driving, that expects to educate 15,000 to 16,000 people this year. It is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and under state law, participants who are 55 and older qualify for a 5 percent insurance discount.
The state also chooses 1,900 drivers who are 45 or older at random each month to have vision and physical exams. If there are any issues, they may be required to retake the driver's test.
In addition, Pennsylvania has a limited license policy for people with 20/70 to 20/100 vision that allows driving only during daylight and not on freeways. Under the policy, doctors must report patients who are unfit to drive.