SOS - Support Available for Aging Drivers
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:01:56 EST
If you or someone you know is concerned about the driving skills of an older motorist, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson wants people to know there are resources available to help families with aging drivers.
The Safe Drivers Smart Options website (www.Michigan.gov/agingdriver) was created for aging drivers, their families and professionals, such as health care providers and law enforcement. The website includes self-assessment driving tools, videos, links to driver refresher courses and other community supports for aging drivers, information about how medications and health problems may affect driving, and lists of resources available to people once they stop driving.
The week of December 4th has been declared nationally as “Older Driver Safety Awareness Week” and the state of Michigan has officially recognized the week by issuing a statewide proclamation. About one in seven drivers is age 65 or older in Michigan and experts predict that number will rise to one in five drivers by the year 2025.
“Aging drivers can be a difficult topic,” Johnson said. “Each family faces the issue in the way most suitable for them. But I want all Michigan residents to know that help and information is available through the Safe Drivers Smart Options website.”