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New FHWA Data Show an Increase in Older Drivers, New Web Resource Targets Older Driver Safety

Date:
December 10, 2015
Topics:
Data for Regional Planning, News, News Homepage, Older Adults, Safety

This week, the U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published data showing a record number of licensed drivers in the U.S., showing an increase in older drivers. With 214.3 million total drivers in the nation, there were 95.9 million licensed drivers over 50 in 2014, and license holders over 85 continue to represent the fastest growing demographic segment. The agency predicts a 77 percent increase in drivers over 65 by 2045. For more information, click here, or view more data on drivers, vehicles, and roads in FHWA’s Highway Statistics Series.

This week also saw the launch of the online Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS), a collaborative project of the Roadway Safety Foundation and two leading information technology developers. The site was developed with support from FHWA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). ChORUS offers resources on safe roadways, safe road users, and safe vehicles. In addition, resources directed to family and caregivers (including helping older adults maintain mobility without driving), research on older driver safety, and information on policy, enforcement, and medical fitness to drive are provided.