Points North, Ep. 14: Seniority on the road

May 23, 2019

This week on Points North, elderly drivers in Grand Traverse County get in car accidents at a higher rate than most other Michigan counties. We explore the challenges of giving up the keys.


Finding the middle road between freedom and safety for older drivers
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

There are more than 1.2 million drivers over the age of 65 in Michigan, and statistically they are safe on the road. But a county in northern Michigan has one of the highest rates of car accidents for senior citizens.

Hear about the debate over when to give up the keys.


New USGS data shows how much of Michigan is forested, urban and more
The U.S. Geological Survey just released the latest version of the National Land Cover Database.
Credit USGS

Every few years, the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners release an updated version of the “National Land Cover Database." It shows how land coverage has changed, including forests, development and agriculture. The latest data describes land cover in 2016.

Learn how coverage has changed in Michigan.


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