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Driver Screening for Older Adults

Driver Screening for Older Adults L. Jaime Fitten, MD HEN reflecting niors account for nearly one third of on the oft- all deaths occurring at intersection asked ques- crashes, and half of those elders die tion “Should attempting left turns. Further- W older drivers more, because of their generally have to prove they can drive?” one more cautious and slower driving, finds that no facile answer come the elderly are involved in a dispro- comes to mind. Several key issues portionate number of rear-end col- need to be considered before one can lisions. Projections by the National propose a satisfactory response. To Highway Safety Administration sug- begin, if by “prove” we mean pass tests gest that these trends are likely to ac- above and beyond what are custom- celerate in the coming decade spe- ary for other drivers, then important cifically because today’s seniors are L. Jaime Fitten, MD questions arise: Are older drivers (65 driving considerably more than past years or older) different in some way generations of elders. other than age? Are they less safe driv- We also need to ask “Do all el- tially with age. However, even ers than younger drivers? By some derly drivers contribute equally to among the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Driver Screening for Older Adults

JAMA Internal Medicine , Volume 163 (18) – Oct 13, 2003

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/archinte.163.18.2129
pmid
14557207
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Abstract

L. Jaime Fitten, MD HEN reflecting niors account for nearly one third of on the oft- all deaths occurring at intersection asked ques- crashes, and half of those elders die tion “Should attempting left turns. Further- W older drivers more, because of their generally have to prove they can drive?” one more cautious and slower driving, finds that no facile answer come the elderly are involved in a dispro- comes to mind. Several key issues portionate number of rear-end col- need to be considered before one can lisions. Projections by the National propose a satisfactory response. To Highway Safety Administration sug- begin, if by “prove” we mean pass tests gest that these trends are likely to ac- above and beyond what are custom- celerate in the coming decade spe- ary for other drivers, then important cifically because today’s seniors are L. Jaime Fitten, MD questions arise: Are older drivers (65 driving considerably more than past years or older) different in some way generations of elders. other than age? Are they less safe driv- We also need to ask “Do all el- tially with age. However, even ers than younger drivers? By some derly drivers contribute equally to among the

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JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 13, 2003

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