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Many issues surround the commercial school bus industry. One of the largest problems is that school bus companies are not able to recruit enough younger drivers to take up these jobs, which are usually part time in nature. Instead, many companies have shifted to using older and retired drivers, much like Uber. While some older drivers have good health and mental sharpness that would not preclude them from being excellent school bus drivers, others do not. The following incidents are indicative of what can go wrong when older drivers have issues making them potentially unsafe drivers.

Last November, 67 y.o. Glenn Chappell who had a history of seizures and had been involved in at least 12 crashes in the past five years, crashed the school bus he was driving into an MTA bus killing 6 people including himself in Baltimore, Maryland. Chappell's conditions should have disqualified him from becoming a school bus driver. He also failed to make the MVA aware of these conditions. It is not known exactly what the school bus company knew before this terrible incident, but he clearly should not have been driving any vehicle.

Just the other day, a 74 y.o. school bus driver rear ended a van in IL after she became distracted by students quarreling over a cell phone. Researchers have found that when older individuals take their eyes off the road it takes them longer to refocus on the roadway than younger drivers. Distractions by children are inevitable, but does your children's school bus driver pull over to a safe location in these instances?

When you send your children off to the school bus in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon, be aware of who might be driving the school bus. If you are concerned by anything, you should question the school bus company. This isn't about discriminating against older drivers. It's about noticing any medical issues or behaviors of ANY driver.

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AFODS was started by Susan Cohen and her husband Mitchell Krasnopoler after their 19 y.o. son Nathan Krasnopoler was hit by an 83 y.o. female driver while he was riding his bike near Johns Hopkins University. Nathan died several months later in hospital.

In the past several weeks, there have been several more incidents where older drivers have hit and injured other bicyclists. In response to this, AFODS would like to focus this post on how to remain safe as a bicyclist as older drivers are not predictable.

NHTSA suggests the following to help keep bicyclists safe on the roads:

1) Be prepared before heading out:
Ride a bike that fits you and that works;
Wear equipment to protect you like a bike helmet, bright clothing, and reflective gear;
Carry all items in a backpack;
Tuck your shoelaces in and do not wear loose pants
Plan your route ahead of time; and,
Keep a cell phone with you in case of emergency...but don't use it while riding!
2) Ride defensively:
Ride with the flow and in the same direction as traffic;
Obey street signs and signals just like cars must follow;
Assume drivers cannot see you; and,
Look ahead for hazards like rocks or pebbles
3) Ride predictably:
Try to avoid riding on sidewalks;
Watch for pedestrians;
Announce "on your left" when passing pedestrians or use a bell to alert them;
Be aware that drivers likely cannot see you, particularly when you are on their left side; and,
Slow down and look for cars backing out of driveways or turning.
4) Improve your riding skills:
Just like you shouldn't drive a new car before practicing in a safe place, refrain from riding a bike with which you are unfamiliar.

Become familiar with the bike you are riding before riding!

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A recent study by UCSD - University of California San Diego looked into cell phone use by adults, age 65 and older; it found that nearly 60% of older individuals use their cell phones while driving. The report surveyed driving habits of 397 anonymous adults, in which 82% owned a smartphone.

Some of the surprising results from this study include the following:

* 75% of older individuals feel they are capable of using a hands-free device while driving.
* 27% drove children younger than 11 y.o. in the last month. Out of that, 42% talked on the phone while doing so.
* Men, people who drive more miles per week, and those who are self-employed drove distracted most often.
* 3% of older drivers have received a ticket for cell phone use.
* Despite all this, older drivers are still less distracted than younger drivers.

Using a phone, hands-free or handheld, increases the risk of crashing four fold. Texting increases the risk of crashing by 8 to 16 times.

This study was conducted by Linda Hill, professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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Johns Hopkins Sophomore Killed And Older Driver Safety
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KCTV5.com – June 1, 2015

After losing her son to an elderly driver, Leawood woman pushes for change.
Kansas City Star – June 1, 2015

NHTSA Announces New 5-Year Traffic Safety Plan and Guidelines for Older Drivers and Passengers
NHTSA – December 5th, 2013

Older Drivers Would Have To Renew Licenses Every 4-Years
WSAU – December 10, 2013

75 Is The New Old: VA DMV Study Recommends Fitness Tests For Aging Drivers
The Washington Times – December 15, 2013

Bill Proposes Changing In-Person Renewal For Older Drivers In Virginia
Daily Press – January 13, 2014

Proposal: Wisconsin Legislation to Require More Vision Exams
The Journal Times – January 2, 2014

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