NTSB to hold forum on aging drivers
The National Transportation Safety Board is planning a public forum on aging drivers for next week.
According to NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, "there are more than 30 million licensed drivers in the U.S. who are 65 years of older, and in just 15 years, this age group of drivers will comprise more than 20 percent of the entire U.S. driving population."
"The NTSB has a particular interest in learning how to reduce injury risk in car accidents for drivers in this age category," she said in a statement.
The NTSB said it is the first time the federal safety agency has analyzed the issue of aging drivers.
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 will be 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 forum will also air in a webcast on the NTSB's website.
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