DOCTOR WARNS ON OLD DRIVERS Doctor Warns Older Drivers in More Road Crashes; Research Links Elderly to Increasing Fatalities

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), May 14, 2018 | Go to article overview

DOCTOR WARNS ON OLD DRIVERS Doctor Warns Older Drivers in More Road Crashes; Research Links Elderly to Increasing Fatalities


Byline: Alison Paterson alison.paterson@northernstar.com.au

NEW research by a Lismore doctor has shown older and elderly drivers are causing more fatal and serious road crashes - about four times the amount of younger drivers.

Dr Gratian Punch, from Lismore Base Hospital, analysed data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) between 2007 and 2018.

He discovered road fatalities for drivers 65-74 years of age and 75 years of age plus, had increased 2.3 per cent and 1.2 per cent per annum respectively.

Dr Punch said current data showed road-related hospitalisations from injury for those in the 65-74 and 75-plus age groups has increased 9 per cent in comparison to 1.8 per cent for their younger counterparts.

He said they are the only age groups to show a positive average trend change per annum since 2007.

And he's so concerned he and his co-researchers - Dr Tony Pang, Associate Professor Vincent Lam and Associate Professor Arthur Richardson - presented the findings to the Annual Scientific Congress in Sydney last week.

Dr Punch said the stereotypical belief was that young male drivers were the biggest contributor to national fatal and serious injury crash statistics. …

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