Montana Department of Transportation

Safety

Older Driver Crashes

Safe driving at any age

A smiling, stylish older couple driving a red convertible down a tree-lined street.While not appearing in the statistics as a priority problem in Montana, demographics trends indicate that over the next 15 years there will a steady increase in the number of drivers over 60 years of age. While most older drivers are good drivers, the effects of aging can affect the safe driving ability of some seniors, resulting in slower reaction time and reduced visual acuity. If involved in a crash, adults age 65 and older are more likely to sustain fatal injuries because of physical frailty resulting from aging. In 2012, nearly 13 percent of Montana’s fatal crashes involved an older driver.

Target

  • Reduce the five-year average number of fatalities and incapacitating injuries resulting from crashes involving older drivers from 209 in 2010 to 162 by 2015.

Champion

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Did you know?

Older drivers, especially those over 75, are more likely than younger drivers over 20 to suffer injuries or die when involved in a motor vehicle crash.

Resources

Rail Crossing Education