The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says new data show that drivers 75 or older are more likely to die, if they are involved in a crash. Officials say older motorists also have increasing issues with yielding when making turns.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says older drivers have higher death rates when involved in a crash than younger age groups.
Spokeswoman Elaine Rogeau says figures from last year show the fatal crash rate for 75 to 84-year-old drivers was 21-percent higher than the fatal crash rate for 55-to-64 year-old drivers.
Rogeau says driving abilities often decline gradually and family members, along with close friends, can look for signs of unsafe driving.
"Common errors may involve failure to yield right of way or see oncoming traffic and a greater tendency toward improper turns or lane changes," she explained. "Left turns at intersections are among the most frequent places where crashes involving older drivers occur."