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Senior Drivers. MN/DOT May 6, 2010 Roseville MN. Trauma kills more people between the ages of 1 and 44 than any disease or illness. Nearly 100,000 people of all ages in the U.S. die from trauma each year; roughly half of them in automobile crashes. In Minnesota….

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senior drivers

Senior Drivers


May 6, 2010

Roseville MN

Trauma kills more people between the ages of 1 and 44 than any disease or illness. Nearly 100,000 people of all ages in the U.S. die from trauma each year; roughly half of them in automobile crashes
in minnesota
In Minnesota…
  • 429 fatal crashes in 2009 (preliminary)
  • 163 alcohol related deaths in 2008
  • 150 of the 325 vehicle occupant deaths were unbelted in 2008
  • 72 motorcyclist deaths
  • In multiple-vehicle crashes Driver Inattention/Distraction is #1 contributing factor
senior population
Senior Population
  • Nationally, by 2030, 18.9% vehicle miles driven will be by those 65 and older
  • As boomer generation ages, the senior population will continue to grow
  • By 2030 in Minnesota, the population of those over 65 will grow to 1.2 million
senior drivers1
Senior Drivers…
  • Drivers over 65 make up 16% of the driving population
  • But they only account for 7% of the crashes
  • In 2008 accounted for 19% of traffic fatalities
  • Therefore, when a senior is involved in a crash, it is more likely to end in death
  • Illegal/Unsafe speed, Failure to yield, and Distraction are main contributing factors in these crashes
the tzd initiative at work
The TZD Initiative at Work…
  • TZD Leadership Team
  • TZD Program Team
  • TZD Annual Conference
  • Minnesota Partnership for Senior Mobility
  • “Love of Car” video kit
minnesota partnership for senior mobility
Minnesota Partnership for Senior Mobility
  • Collaborative of public, nonprofit, and educational experts
  • Charge is to influence policy, create initiatives, and promote research to improve safety and mobility of our aging population
  • Goal is to reduce death of older Minnesotan’s on our roadways
love of car transportation as we age
“Love of Car: Transportation As We Age”
  • Major sponsors: AAA, MN/DOT, MN DPS, and Senior LinkAge Line
  • Strategies for driving longer
  • How to assess driving skills
  • Using alternative transportation
  • Website:
tzd regional coalitions
TZD Regional Coalitions
  • Established in the South West and South East Regions of the State
  • Conduct collaborative projects across the region
  • Looking to expand the Regional Coalitions in the future
safe communities coalitions
Safe Communities Coalitions
  • Coalitions exist throughout the state
  • Coalitions work at the community level to create awareness of traffic safety issues
  • Projects are centered around the goal of preventing death and injury caused by vehicle crashes
otter tail county safe communities coalition
Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition
  • Concluded that there was an uptrend in fatal crashes involving Senior Drivers
  • Assessed what was in place already
  • Compiled resources to better inform seniors and their family members
  • Came up with a plan to educate the public