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Elderly Driver Increase May Prompt NTSB Proposals

U.S. drivers age 65 or older will increase from 15 percent to 20 percent of the driving population by 2025, prompting a safety panel to consider recommendations such as new designs for automobiles and roads and testing requirements for elderly motorists.

The issue of older drivers is a “rising tide” as the U.S. population ages and life expectancy increases, Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said today at a forum in Washington on older drivers. “The real challenge for all of us, whether it’s for our parents or for us, is when do you reach that point” to stop driving, she said in an interview.