For Immediate Release
December 01, 2021
Florida Observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Statewide coalition educates on safe driving & mobility independence Dec. 6-10, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is joining organizations nationwide to celebrate Older Driver Safety Awareness Week beginning Monday, December 6.
“Achieving zero fatalities and serious injuries takes everyone working together,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “With the Coalition’s collaborative, data-driven approach, we are helping residents drive safer longer while they become comfortable using different modes of transportation to get to their destinations.”
Aging impacts everyone’s ability to be safe behind the wheel and many people feel that driving is central to their independence. During Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition will bring awareness to mobility independence – the ability to safely get to and from the places we need and want to go with or without a car.
We all have a responsibility to start the conversation about safe driving as we age, learn about age-related changes that impact our driving skills, and address concerns shared by those who may need to retire from driving. Floridians can continue to practice safe driving skills while exploring transportation options that will keep them independent and active in their communities beyond the driver’s seat.
Participate and help spread the word by visiting fdot.tips/ODSAW21. This page includes additional information about Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, details on how to build a personalized transportation plan, and registration information on the upcoming Working Together Webinar happening Wednesday, December 8 at 10 a.m.
For more information about the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, visit SafeMobilityFL.com.
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The Florida Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities. The department is committed to building a transportation system that not only fits the current needs of Florida’s residents and visitors but also enhances mobility throughout the state to accommodate its consistent and rapid growth. The unique nature of the Sunshine State and its year-round warm climate provides numerous opportunities to achieve the department’s mission through multiple transportation modes including highways/streets, air, rail, sea, spaceports, transit, and the ever-expanding deployment of bicycle & pedestrian facilities.