CHP hosting driving safety class for senior citizens
April 8, 2013 — California’s senior population is proving to be one of the fastest growing driving-age demographics in the state.
It is estimated there will be more than six million residents age 65 and older in California by 2020. Knowing that much of this community still relies on driving as their primary means of transportation, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is continuing the Age Well Drive Smart program.
A class will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the conference room at the Susanville Indian Rancheria Health Center.
The Age Well Drive Smart class is an education program specifically designed to help seniors tune up their driving skills, refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, learn about normal, age-related physical changes and how they affect driving ability. The program is supported by local a Keeping Everyone Safe IV grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
“During the class, seniors have the opportunity to view curriculum designed to address their needs, share their personal concerns, ask questions and consider the different options available to them,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
The CHP has partnered with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s Senior Ombudsman program and other members from both public and private organizations to assess the needs of the senior driving community. The class is approximately two hours and is a great way for seniors to educate themselves, evaluate their driving abilities and improve their driving skills.
“We can help better prepare seniors to drive safer for the years ahead,” Commissioner Farrow said. “Our ultimate goal is saving lives.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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