December 1, 2017
Steve Olson, 386-943-5479
A 20-MINUTE CARFIT CHECKUP CAN HELP SAVE LIVES
Safe Mobility for Life Coalition Observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Orlando – The Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT), Safe Mobility for Life (SMFL) Coalition,
and partners will host a CarFit safety event, with special emphasis on older
drivers’ mobility and safety. The event is in support of the American
Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.
place in the parking lot of the FDOT District 5 Urban Office at 133 S. Semoran
Blvd. in Orlando, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6. During
the CarFit event, trained technicians will check 12 important “fit” areas with
drivers in their personal vehicles to find the ideal driving position that
delivers maximum comfort and safety for reducing crash, serious injury, and
fatality rates. Attendees may either stop by during the two-hour window, or
call (407) 482-7800 for an appointment time. The check-up is free. CarFit is an
educational safety program created by the American Society on Aging (ASA) and
developed jointly with AAA, AARP,
Steve Martin, FDOT
District 5 Secretary said, “With 73 percent of participants in a recent Florida
Aging Road User Survey strongly agreeing that driving is central to their
independence, we are committed to working with the Safe Mobility for Life
Coalition with events like this to provide older adults the transportation
resources they need to stay safe and mobile in Central Florida.”
The SMFL Coalition also encourages older adults to have a plan in place to use other modes of transportation, such as walking, biking, and using transit to continue to get around when driving may no longer be a safe option.
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Florida
Licensing On Wheels (FLOW) mobile unit will be on hand to provide a
convenient way for event participants to renew or replace their driver license,
change an address or name on their license, obtain an identification card, and
renew a vehicle tag or apply for a disabled parking permit.
The event is just
one of the Coalition’s statewide activities to support AOTA’s Older Driver
Safety Awareness Week campaign which runs from Monday, December 4 until Friday,
December 8. To learn more visit, www.FLsams.org/ODSAW2017.htm.
can be directed to Communications Manager Steve Olson, 386-943-5479, Steve.Olson@dot.state.fl.us.
About the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition
In 2009, FDOT
partnered with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State
University to establish the SMFL Coalition for addressing specific needs of
Florida’s aging road users. The Coalition’s mission is to work with their 28
partnering national, state and local public agencies, and aging and safety
advocate organizations to implement a strategic plan for increasing the safety,
access, and mobility of aging road users and reducing crash, serious injury,
and fatality rates. For more information, visit www.FLsams.org.
FDOT advises drivers to slow down in construction zones; the life you save may be your own.
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