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Should Older Drivers Have Different Standards to Drive?

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LAS VEGAS -- A new report shows older drivers face higher risks of being involved in fatal crashes, and Nevada is near the top of the list.

Nevada ranks third in the country when it comes to older drivers involved in fatal crashes, according to a new report issued by a federal transportation group called TRIP. They found that in 2010, 22 percent of fatal crashes in Nevada involved drivers 65 or older, which is higher than the national average.

Researchers say with baby boomers now living longer, that increases their chance of being involved in deadly accidents. One recommendation from the study is to have more tests and risk assessments for older drivers. But those suggestions brought mixed opinions at the DMV.

"I don't think age has anything to do with people driving. I blame the people not paying attention and talking on their cell phones. I think that's where accidents come from," said driver Ronald Kobus.

"They need to be tested every year for vision, mental capacity, written, so they know the rule of the roads," said driver Marianne Ross.

In the past few months, there have been a number of fatal accidents in the Las Vegas area involving older drivers, including one last October where a 74-year-old woman hit and killed 6-year-old Mia Decker and injured two of her friends. The driver is now facing charges stemming from a number of traffic violations during that crash.

In Nevada, there is no age limit to get a drivers license -- you can be 16 or 96 to get behind the wheel. But the question now is whether there should tougher regulations and more tests for older drivers.

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