From bans on cell phones while driving to tougher penalties for drunk drivers, it's not surprising that senior citizens support tougher driving laws. But an overwhelming majority support greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
An alarming report recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an estimated 16,290 persons died in traffic crashes from January to June of 2012. This is a 9 percent increase from just a year ago when there were an estimated 14,950 fatalities during the same period.
New Jersey ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to fatal traffic crashes involving at least one driver over the age of 65 and tenth in the number of licensed drivers over 65. So, what can be done to ensure the safety of those who may be losing reactionary skills?
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