Older drivers may not have a greater risk of intersection crashes than drivers in younger age groups
Keywords: Safe Systems and Transport Planning, Safer Roads, Road Environment
Submission Date: 2018 Conference: ARSC
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.