Older motorists are neither doddery nor unsafe on the roads and preventing from driving could speed up their death, researchers claim.
Swansea University’s Centre for Innovative Ageing has been carrying out tests to determine whether elderly drivers cause more accidents, by timing their responses during tricky manoeuvres and checking police crash data.
Although the over-70s are more likely to be injured or die in accidents compared with the public as a whole – because they are frailer – they are no more likely to cause a crash, researchers found. In fact they are around four times less likely to be involved in an accident than males aged 17 to 21.
Several high-profile accidents have led to calls for elderly people to face more stringent testing. In June, Recorder David Aubrey, at Liverpool Crown Court, called for an urgent review after Norma Stokes, 80, drove into eight schoolgirls in Toxteth.