Tweed’s senior drivers confident and capable
DESPITE the negative stereotypes of elderly drivers, new figures reveal the Tweed's elderly population is mostly capable and confident behind the wheel.
Statistics released by Service NSW reveal in 2012 there were 528 older driver practical assessments carried out in the Tweed Shire by NSW Roads and Maritime Services and only 12.3%, or 65 drivers, failed the assessments.
The most common mistake was disobeying traffic signs, signals or road markings.
The Tweed's pass rate for aged driving tests in 2012 was 87.7%, outshining the NSW rate of about 79%.
In the same year 132 elderly drivers in the shire took responsibility for various health concerns or age related issues and opted for a modified license.
Of those, 17 opted to only drive within a 5km radius of their home, 68 to drive within a 10km radius and 46 to drive within a 15km radius.
The top three failure items in Tweed's aged driving tests were disobeying traffic signs, signals or road markings, with 22 drivers, action requiring testing officer intervention on 14 and failing to give way when necessary on 12 drivers, although one person may have had more than a single failed item.
According to 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics data, there are 10,070 residents aged over 75-years in the Tweed Shire, out of 88,866 residents.