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Older drivers may not have a greater risk of intersection crashes than drivers in younger age groups

Baldock, M, Dutschke, J, Thompson, J.

Safer Roads Safe Systems and Transport Planning Road Environment

ARSC conference 2018

Crash patterns for older drivers/riders were examined using ten years of crash data from New Zealand and every jurisdiction in Australia. Consistent with the literature, older drivers/riders had a higher proportional rate of intersection-type crashes. However, once population numbers and numbers of licensed drivers were controlled for, older drivers/riders were not found to have a higher rate of intersection crashes than those in younger age groups. Intersections do not pose any greater risk of a crash to older adults. Nonetheless, given their frailty, intersection safety measures are still needed to improve safety for older drivers/riders.