Helping Florida's Aging Drivers Stay Safe and Mobile
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The Florida Department of Transportation' s Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition can help people of all ages remain safe and mobile for a lifetime. With more Florida residents over the age of 65 than there are residents under the age of 18,1 it's more important than ever to help aging drivers learn the three keys to achieve safe mobility for life.
The three keys are:
- Understand the impact aging has on driving
- Be proactive about safe driving skills, and
- Plan for a safe transition from driving
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that in 2017, 20 percent of Florida's population was age 65 years and older.
1 The U.S. Census Bureau
Law Enforcement Roll Call Training Video
As a law enforcement officer, you play a critical role in keeping our roads safe.
Drivers who are impaired due to alcohol or drugs are a clear danger to other drivers. However, medical impairments may cause many of the same driving behaviors. Some health problems can create dangerous driving situations such as having restricted movement, limited vision, or impaired thinking abilities.
You may notice a driver has a physical or cognitive issue that might be impeding his or her ability to operate a vehicle safely. It's important to know how to identify and report a driver that may need to receive a medical referral.
The Florida Department of Transportation's Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition provides tools and resources to help law enforcement officers across the state identify and respond to at-risk drivers.
Watch and share the 'Helping Florida's Aging Drivers Stay Safe and Mobile'law enforcement training video to learn how to identify drivers who may have a medical impairment, how to respond, and learn about the available community resources to help them.
Law Enforcement Training Resources
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The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition looks to partner agencies and organizations to help spread our positive messages. Below, please find suggested website, newsletter, and social media content that we hope you share on your professional communication platforms.
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Help Keep Floridians Safe and Mobile for Life
The Florida Department of Transportation's Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition want Florida's aging population to stay safe and mobile for their lifetime. Individuals can learn how to achieve safe mobility for life through the Safe Mobility for Life's three keys, which are: Understand the impact aging has on driving; Be proactive about safe driving skills; and Plan for a safe transition from driving.
Law enforcement officers play a critical role in keeping our roads safe. At a traffic stop, a law enforcement officer may notice a driver has a physical or cognitive issue that might be impeding his or her ability to operate a vehicle safely. It's important to know how to identify a driver who may need a medical re-exam.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition provides tools to help all Floridians, including law enforcement, learn how to identify drivers who may have a medical impairment, how to respond, and learn about the resources available to help them.
Through the Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center, at FSU Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, residents and visitors can request a copy of 'Florida's Guide to Safe Mobility for Life' or they can download the e-book in English or Spanish. The guide provides resources and information on how to keep safe while driving, information on the impact aging has on driving and self-assessment tests, and tips and tools to help you remain independent and mobile beyond the driver's seat.
People of all ages can learn how to stay active and independent through their driving years and beyond by looking to the information available through the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition.
To learn more visit SafeMobilityFL.com.