Enhancing Safety for Aging Road Users

November 3, 2016

At this day-long meeting, NHTSA seeks input on planned interventions for older drivers over the next 5-10 years. To address the rapidly increasing number of older drivers on our Nation's roads, NHTSA aims to determine how to best identify and serve at-risk drivers, support older drivers through programs and technology, and create safe and realistic transportation alternatives for those who can no longer drive. NHTSA researchers will be joined by experts in the fields of law enforcement, older-driver licensing, occupational therapy, aging services, and mobility counseling. NHTSA will use information gathered at the meeting to update the agency's Traffic Safety for Older People – 5-Year Plan (PDF 480KB).


8 – 9 a.m.

Front Lobby – Visitor Desk

9 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jeff Michael, Ed.D., NHTSA Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., NHTSA Administrator

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Increasing Number of Older Road Users

Steven K. Smith, Ph.D., NCSA

Older Population Demographics

Amy Smith, U.S. Census Bureau

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11 a.m.
NHTSA Older Road User Project Overview

Phil Weiser, Chief, NHTSA Safety Countermeasures Division

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Coordination and Integration of Program Services

Kathy Sifrit, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, NHTSA Injury Prevention Research Division

  • Integrating information from law enforcement, licensing agency personnel, aging services and medical care providers.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch and networking

[Lunch to be served in the Atrium – buy ticket at the Atrium kiosk in the morning]

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Identifying and Serving At-Risk Drivers: Diagnostic Services and Interventions

John Marshall, Director, NHTSA Office of Safety Programs

  • Law enforcement - Ike Iketani
    • Information on behavioral characteristics of at-risk older drivers
    • Next steps if an older driver appears unable to continue safely to destination
    • Information to include in referral for medical review
  • Driver licensing - Nanette Schieke
    • Licensing staff training to recognize red flags
    • Timely medical review processes
  • Aging-services providers - Elin Schold-Davis
    • Inform providers (using language familiar to services providers):
      • Evaluation and rehab providers
      • Behaviors characteristic of at-risk older drivers
      • Specific, local information about mobility options
  • Diagnostic and rehabilitation services - Scott Trudeau
    • Address concerns regarding Medicare, insurance
    • Facilitate communications between Driving Rehabilitation Specialists and medical care providers
  • Mobility counseling and medical providers - Anne Dickerson, Ph.D.
    • Working with providers:
      • Correct evaluation processes
      • Behaviors characteristic of at-risk older drivers

2 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Creating State and Local Alternatives

Representatives from Governors' Highway Safety Offices explaining what alternatives they already provide and what they would need to provide options to local communities.

Moderator: Kristen Allen, NHTSA Special Assistant
Harris Blackwood (Georgia)
Lori Rice, Ph.D. (Virginia)
Carrie Silcox (Utah)

  • How do we move this issue to the mainstream?
  • How would you work with public/private entities?
  • What should every community have for this issue?
  • What would a grant program include/facilitate?
  • How would an HSO work with a community?

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Connected and Automated Vehicles – Future of Mobility for an Aging Population

Chris Monk, Chief, NHTSA Vehicle Safety Research, Human Factors Division

4 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Jeff Michael, Ed.D., NHTSA Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., NHTSA Administrator