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Safe driving for older drivers in Toledo April 30

April 23, 2009
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

TOLEDO CHRONICLE - The safety of older drivers is a major concern. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for those ages 65 to 75 and drivers age 75 and older are involved in significantly more motor vehicle crashes per miles driven than middle-aged drivers.

In over half of Iowa's counties, 20 percent of the licensed drivers are 65 and over and this number is expected to increase as the boomers age.

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging is hosting "Choices, Not Chances" presented by William Bartelson, Iowa Department of Transportation Drivers License Supervisor, on Thursday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. at the Toledo Senior Center, 103 S. Church in Toledo.

The program will cover tools and tips to raise driver-safety awareness as well as information about the driver's license renewal process and how it affects the older driver.

"Older drivers need to be aware of their changing capabilities and make proper adjustments to their driving habits so they can continue to drive safely," stated William Bartelson, Drivers License Supervisor with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

This program is available for anyone interested in learning more about how aging affects driving and the actions responsible adults can take to choose safe options or help others with decisions.

Fact Box


What- "Choices, Not Chances"program for older drivers

When-Thursday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m

Where-Toledo Senior Center, 103 S. Church

If you are interested in having lunch at the Toledo Senior Center prior to the presentation, call 641-484-3839 before 9 a.m. Lunch is available for $6 for people under 60 and on a contribution basis for people over 60.



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