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Local CHP Looks to 'Empower' Senior Drivers Through Targeted Course

The course is called "age well, drive smart."

The following is a news release from the California Highway Patrol: 


For some, the ability to drive is a true sign of independence. Driving plays an important role in maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle.

As part of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) mission of providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to people throughout the state, the CHP remains steadfast in maintaining and improving traffic safety and mobility for California’s older drivers.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in 2011 there were more than 23,000 drivers over 65 years of age involved in a collision.

Among those senior drivers involved in a collision, nearly 400 were killed and more than 22,000 suffered injuries. Further analysis of the SWITRS data indicates more than 50 percent of those senior drivers were found to be at fault in the collision.

To help California’s seniors maintain their driving independence for as long as they can safely drive, the CHP offers the two-hour, “Age Well, Drive Smart,” course. The program is supported by the Keeping Everyone Safe grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Through this program, seniors can tune up their driving skills, refresh their rules of the road knowledge, and learn about normal age-related physical and mental changes and how to adjust to these changes. To find out when the next Age Well, Drive Smart course is being offered, call the East Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 464-1450.

WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: CHP East Sacramento, 11336 Trade Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Funding for CHP’s Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Administration.

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