Seniors are driving more but dying less in crashes than they did two decades ago, according to a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).Fatality rates dropped 55% between 1995 and 2008 for drivers age 80 or older. The numbers were also significant for those age 70 to 74, with a 32% decline during the same period, according to the IIHS.Anne McCartt, the IIHS's senior vice president for research and co-author of the study, speculated that safer cars and healthier seniors with sharper motoring skills may be reasons for the drops.She added that the study disputes the prevailing worry that mature drivers make highways more dangerous, now and in the future."This should help ease fears that aging baby boomers are a safety threat," McCartt noted in the report. "Even crashes among the oldest drivers have been on a downswing."She continued: "No matter how we looked at the fatal crash data for this age group -- by licensed drivers or miles driven -- the fatal crash involv...
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