Study: Older motorists driving under the influence of drugs

Study: Older motorists driving under the influence of drugs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new study finds that many older drivers are breaking the law and don’t even know it.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety took a look at how medication affects the ability of older adults while driving.

Doctors say the risk of a crash increases greatly in people over the age of 65.

Studies show that people over 65 do tend to wear seat belts and usually don't drink and drive.

But the AAA found that out of 3,000 older adult drivers, as many as half take at least seven different medications.

(Source: KAIT-TV)

The foundation urges drivers to talk with their doctors about prescriptions and over-the-counter supplements because they could impact driving skills.

Some of those prescriptions include certain heart drugs, anti-anxiety pills, and sleep medicines.

“A lot of people don’t typically see a prescribed medication as something that can impair them on the road and so we want drivers to start thinking about safety when they’re in their doctor’s office,” said Tamra Johnson with AAA.

To learn more about how medications can impact driving, visit AAA’s Roadwise RX.

Tamra Johnson, AAA
Tamra Johnson, AAA

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