Essex Police has issued a warning to elderly drivers to ensure they are fit to drive, following an increase in the number of accidents involving people over 70.
They say poor eyesight and underlying medical conditions such as dementia are driving the problem, as is an ageing population.
Young drivers and motorcyclists used to be an area of concern to police, but now elderly drivers have also been put in this bracket.
Laurence Nichols, 73, is a retired bus driver and thinks the stereotype is unfair.
But Essex Police argue that the statistics prove that although they use the roads less they are becoming more of a risk.
For example, between 2014-16 drivers aged 70 and over accounted for just seven per cent of miles travelled but were involved in more than twelve per cent of incidents where somebody was killed or seriously injured.
The police are asking anyone who may be concerned about their ability to drive, or a relative's ability to drive to contact them and they can then arrange a health assessment.
Road charity ROSPA say if someone realises their driving ability is changing there are a number of steps they can take to ensure they are still safe - something called 'self-regulation'. It might mean avoiding driving at certain times, or in certain situations. For example:
- at night
- during the rush hours
- through large, busy junctions or roundabouts
- on certain types of road (for example, motorways)
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