CHP Supports Senior Drivers

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about senior driver safety. December 7-11, 2015 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and the CHP is partnering with the American Occupation Therapy Association to actively support the most experienced group of drivers on the road. Although senior drivers need to be aware of arising age-related changes in their health and vision, they’re the most experienced drivers on the road.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

During Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the CHP plans to raise awareness about roadway safety and older drivers. It’s important to understand that senior drivers have better overall safety records than most other age groups, but they do have age-related physical, cognitive and vision changes that need to be considered as they get older. Joe Farrow, CHP Commissioner, wants older drivers to be confident that transportation will not be a barrier that keeps them at home. The independence of older community members is essential for transitioning to driving limitations or changes. Family members are encouraged to talk to their older loved ones about driving safety. Having ‘the talk’ doesn’t necessarily have to mean an end to driving.

Older Driver Facts in California

  • Nearly 15 percent of the licensed drivers in California are 65 years old or older.
  • In 2013, 24,227 drivers aged 65 years old or older were involved in fatal or injury collisions in California.
  • Of those crashes, 233 older drivers were at fault in fatal collisions and 11,788 older drivers were at fault in injury collisions.

Age Well, Drive Smart

The CHP offers older drivers a great program to improve their safety on the roadways. The Age Well, Drive Smart program provides older drivers the tools to remain safe behind the wheel. The two-hour class is offered for free at local CHP offices and senior citizen centers. The class helps seniors to evaluate and improve their driving skills.

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