San Diego program looks to promote safe driving for seniors

Doctor: Men over 80, teens have same crash rate

SAN DIEGO - For the sixth year, the California Office of Traffic Safety is pumping money into the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to help keep our streets safe.

Their target is senior drivers and their goal is to promote safe driving, sharpen senior citizens’ driving skills and keep people who should not be driving from getting behind the wheel.

10News asked 80-year-old Don Thorson how he would feel if the California Department of Motor Vehicles told him he was too old to drive.

“I’d tell ‘em to go to hell,” he said with a chuckle.

Dr. Linda Hill, a clinical professor at UCSD, said men over 80 have the same crash rate as teenage boys. Often, she said, it is because of health conditions, which are much more common and frequent as people age.

She was on hand at Thorton Hospital with the announcement of the grant.

Thorson said he thought it was more important to assess the individual, not the age, and he may be right.

Experts told 10News that the best solution is preventing a problem by talking to loved ones, reaching out to a medical professional to get screening and treatment plans in place and discuss alternate transportation if there is a need. 

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