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Study: NYS one of deadliest for older drivers

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 11:50:43-04

New York State is one of the deadliest states for driver 65 years and older. 

That's according to a study published by Caring.com. The study lists the Empire State as the 4th deadliest for drivers older than 65. Caring.com says that New York is one of the 19 states on the list that lacks strict rules for older drivers. 

Only 11 states require mature drivers to pass a vision exam. Most states mandate more frequent renewal cycle.

In 2014, there were 15,321 vehicle fatalities involving people older than 65 years and older in New York. That accounts for nine percent of the fatalities on the roads in the state. 

Rhode Island claims the top spot as most dangerous state for drivers older than 65. New Mexico ranks as the least dangerous.

Between 2011 and 2013 in Erie County, a total of 49,582 vehicle crashes were reported to the DMV. Of those crashes, 147 were listed as fatal.