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Government Plan Hopes to Keep Older Drivers Safe

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas isn't immune to deadly crashes involving older drivers as the tragedy has played out over the years.  New technology could help avoid the heartache and save lives with a generation hitting the retirement age.

The number of drivers 65 and older has jumped 23 percent in the past 14 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of senior citizens killed on roads nationwide has increased.

The most recent data from the CDC is from 2008 as more than 55 hundred seniors were killed in crashes and 183 thousand were hurt.

Beau Pechecho is an instructor at Safeway Driving School and said some seniors come in for a refresher behind the wheel.

"The main thing is eyesight, you know your eyesight deteriorates, and as you get older you're right vision deteriorates," Pechecho said.

Federal highway Safety authorities will look into a silver rating system for new cars. The ratings would be based on which cars have technology including automatic braking to avoid collisions and warning signals when you're veering out of a lane.

Seventy-three year-old driver Tom Skowronski said he's all for a car rating system that would help people make a decision about what car is safest to buy.

"I just got a thing in the mail, my driver's license will be renewed in January, and I have to get an eye test, by an eye doctor, and a physical," Skowronski said. "I know my reaction time has slowed down, and I have to be a lot more careful, any anything they can do in that direction to help me, I'm all for."

This new silver rating idea was just unveiled Thursday in Washington D.C. and there's no time table of when it could be used.

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