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Aging Road Users

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Background


As an increasing number of aging adults drive on Florida’s roadways, or travel the roads as pedestrians, passengers, bicyclists, or motorcyclists, the issue of transportation safety for this population is an increasingly significant public health concern. From 2007 to 2009, adults age 65 and older made up an increasing percent of all fatalities from crashes over the three years – 18.3 percent, 18.7 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively.

Today’s older drivers are driving longer and driving more miles per year than in the past. Research shows that older adults can expect to outlive their ability to safely drive by 7 to 10 years. Florida leads the nation with 18 percent of its population age 65 and older. By the year 2030, over 27 percent of Floridians will be over age 65, and half of them will be 75 or older. Mirroring this growth, an increasing proportion of licensed drivers in Florida are trending older. Florida’s population of older residents and licensed drivers grew in composition from 2006 to 2010, and their representation among motor vehicle-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries is larger and increased at a faster rate. In January 2011, one-quarter of all licensed drivers in Florida were age 60 and older, a small but steady increase from 23.7 percent in 2009.


Strategies

  1. Manage and evaluate aging road user safety, access, and mobility activities to maximize the effectiveness of programs and resources;
  2. Provide the best available data to assist with decisions that improve aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  3. Provide information and resources regarding aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  4. Inform public officials about the importance of and need to support national, state, regional, and local policy and program initiatives which promote and sustain aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  5. Promote and encourage practices that support and enhance aging in place (i.e., improve the environment to better accommodate the safety, access, and mobility of aging road users);
  6. Enhance aging road user safety and mobility through assessment, remediation, and rehabilitation;
  7. Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement;
  8. Promote the safe mobility of aging vulnerable road users (pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and other nonmotorized vehicles);
  9. Promote the value of prevention strategies and early recognition of at-risk drivers to aging road users and stakeholders; and
  10. Bridge the gap between driving retirement and mobility independence (i.e., alternative transportation mobility options, public transportation, and dementia-friendly transportation).
Team Members

  • AAA Auto Club South
  • American Association of Retired People (AARP)
  • Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc.
  • Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.
  • Carlin Rogers Consulting
  • Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
  • Community Traffic Safety Teams Coalition
  • Florida Department of Community Affairs
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration Florida Division
  • Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Florida Association of Senior Centers
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Public Transportation Association
  • Florida Regional Councils Association
  • Florida State University, College of Medicine
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(Ex-Officio Member)
  • University of Florida, Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation
  • Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
  • StarMetro
  • Tallahassee Senior Center
  • University of Central Florida

See our Aging Road User Programs


Aging Road User Fact Sheets

2010 OLDER POPULATION Traffic Safety Fact Sheet   |  2009 OLDER POPULATION Traffic Safety Fact Sheet