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Aging Road Users

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Aging Road Users

An increasing number of adults age 65 and older travel Florida's roads and highways as drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.  From 2007 to 2009, adults age 65 and older made up an increasing percentage of all fatalities from crashes over the three years – 18.3 percent, 18.7 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively.

As shown in the 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, to drive down the numbers, we are focusing on the following strategies:

  1. Manage and evaluate aging road user safety, access, and mobility activities to maximize the effectiveness of programs and resources;
  2. Provide the best available data to assist with decisions that improve aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  3. Provide information and resources regarding aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  4. Inform public officials about the importance of and need to support national, state, regional, and local policy and program initiatives which promote and sustain aging road user safety, access, and mobility;
  5. Promote and encourage practices that support and enhance aging in place (i.e., improve the environment to better accommodate the safety, access, and mobility of aging road users);
  6. Enhance aging road user safety and mobility through assessment, remediation, and rehabilitation;
  7. Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement;
  8. Promote the safe mobility of aging vulnerable road users (pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and other non-motorized vehicles);
  9. Promote the value of prevention strategies and early recognition of at-risk drivers to aging road users and stakeholders; and
  10. Bridge the gap between driving retirement and mobility independence (i.e., alternative transportation mobility options, public transportation, and dementia-friendly transportation).

 


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For more information contact Ralph Salvas @ (850) 414-4048