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Study: Medicated older drivers increase risk for crashes

Posted at 5:01 AM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 08:06:59-05

(NBC) - The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said a study found that out of more than 3,000 older adult drivers, half said they take at least seven different medications.

Doctors say too many prescriptions could dramatically increase the risk of a crash.

These prescriptions include drugs for heart, sleep and anxiety.

"Some of the medications that we use for a lot of common conditions, especially common conditions in the elderly, can actually cause problems in terms of their driving safety, their response time, their vision and so forth," said AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson.

Statistics show people over 65 are generally the safest on the road. They tend to wear seatbelts, and they don't usually drive drunk or distracted.

AAA has an online tool called Roadwise RX for you to learn more about how medications impact driving.

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