NTSB holds forum on aging drivers
The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a two-day forum on aging drivers to address the growing number of people with licenses who are 65 and older. The NTSB says that within 15 years that group will make up more than 20 percent of the driving population.
The NTSB said the forum is the first time the federal safety agency has analyzed the issue of aging drivers.
A previous study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that miles driven by older drivers are going up and fatal crashes involving seniors are coming down.
But experts told the NTSB Tuesday that too often older drivers are forced to choose between safety and mobility because they have few other transportation options.
Topics planned for the forum include:
-- Safety risks of aging drivers
-- Protections for aging drivers and passengers
-- Improvements for vehicles and roads
-- State programs
-- Measuring driver performance and providing refresher courses.
The public form is being held at the NTSB's conference center at 429 L'Enfant Plaza in Southwest Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Post's Ashley Halsey III is attending the forum. Bookmark the Dr. Gridlock blog for updates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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