AAA: senior drivers are safer

 It turns out older drivers may not be worse drivers than previously thought.

A new nationwide study by the American Automobile Association was just released.

It's an interesting twist; senior drivers support tougher driving laws for themselves.

It turns out over 80% of drivers over the age of 75 favor medical screenings for drivers 75 and older.

And there are plenty of older drivers on the road, and the number continues to increase.

AAA found 84% of Americans 65 and older have a drivers license compared to barely half in the early 1970's. 

In Arizona alone AAA of Arizona shares that there are 800,000 drivers who are 65 and older.

"There is a very common and misconception that older drivers are unsafe and shouldn't be allowed to drive, and through our findings we discovered that's simply not the case, in fact older drivers are among the safest drivers on the roads," said Stephanie Dembowski.

There was a lot of interesting information discovered in this study, among the data collected was that 68% of seniors 85 and older drive five days a week.

In many cases they will turn off the radio; they stay very focused on the roads, and they take it seriously," she said.

The study also found that 90% reported no moving violations or crashes in the last two years, and 65% say they never use a cell phone while driving.

Current Arizona law states a driver's license expires on a person's 65th birthday. It has to be renewed in-person, and a new photo must be taken, as well as a vision test completed.
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