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14 | Grey Pride: A manifesto

The facts

• A quarter of pavements in

England are in need of repair

and maintenance and an

estimated 2,300 older people

fall on broken pavements

every day.

• The majority of over 70 year

olds state that 'personal

security in the evening and

at night' is a barrier to using

public transport.

• Older people are between

two and five times more

likely to be killed or suffer a

serious injury as a result of a

road accident than a younger

person.

• Older people represent 14% of

all pedestrian casualties, but

38% of all pedestrian fatalities.

• Up to ten times as many

people over the age of 65

attend A&E with injuries

sustained in falls outside the

home as are injured in road

traffic accidents. 77%of people don't

think the

Government is

ready for an

ageing population

Priority: Mobility and transport

Older people face a disproportionately

high incidence of fatalities or injuries

caused by road accidents, falls on

pavements or while using public

transport.

Many over 65s rely on their cars for

independence, and this is likely to increase

following the abolition of the mandatory

retirement age. Just under half of those

aged over 55 in Britain cannot walk to their

nearest GP and 58 per cent cannot walk to

their nearest bank.

The Department for Transport reports that

older people are between two and five times

more likely to be killed or suffer a serious

injury as a result of a road accident than a

younger person. The Parliamentary Advisory

Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), which

has supported our call for a Minister for

Older People, believes more must be done.

PACTS called for well-lit, large road signs

with junctions being kept clear of hedges

and other obstacles which obstruct a clear

view of oncoming traffic. The International

Longevity Centre also believes the

Government should lead on improvements

in road infrastructure, including clearer

signage, to benefit drivers of all ages.

Northern Ireland provides a lead. There, they

have identified the need to focus on road

safety for older people and understand the

causes of collisions involving older people.

One option is that insurance companies,

which collate data on road accidents,

provide guidance to older drivers if they

have been in several accidents over a short

period.

PACTS found that, while the number of all

passengers killed or injured in road accidents

has dropped by 53 per cent, among those

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