4-22-11: Aging While Driving
In February, an 83-year-old driver hit and seriously injured a Johns Hopkins student bicycling near the university. She was charged last week with negligent driving and failure to yield to a bicyclist.
The student, Nathan Krasnopoler, is 20. He’s in a coma, and his family announced last week that doctors say he is not expected to regain cognitive functioning. The state’s Attorney, Gregg Bernstein, said his office has found no evidence of gross negligence on the part of the driver, and would not go forward with felony charges should Nathan die.
The tragedy has sparked a lot of comments in cyberspace about older drivers. In light of all this, we want to examine the impact of aging on driving — and what systems are in place to help.
Sheilah speaks with Jonathan King, who oversees the research portfolio on older drivers at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda.
In this web extra, Jonathan King speaks about what it means for older drivers to loose their licenses — and how society may have to adapt as the baby boomer generation ages.