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Renewing licence in person cuts deaths among elderly drivers

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1455
  1. Janice Hopkins Tann
  1. New York

    Getting drivers to renew their licence in person can reduce deaths among people over 85 by nearly a fifth, shows research from the United States. Eye tests, road tests, and more frequent licence renewals fail to show a similar impact.

    At present, 14% of drivers who die in the United States are people aged 65 and over, although the highest death rate is among teenage male drivers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the proportion of deaths among people over 65 will …

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