AARP Montana has announced that the Montana Department of Transportation Director, Jim Lynch has certified the AARP Driver Safety Program as a valid highway traffic safety program. This allows participants to qualify for auto insurance premium reductions under Montana Codes Annotate 33-16-222.
“The AARP Driver Safety Program is a nationally known, comprehensive defensive driving course designed for the older driver to help improve driving skills,” said Lynch. “As the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, I have reviewed the course and certify that it is consistent with the goals of the highway traffic safety program.”
MDT certification, pursuant to MCA 61-2-102, means drivers 55-years or older who successfully complete the course could receive reduced auto insurance rates.
“Now it’s official that insurers are required to give participants a discount on their auto insurance when they take the AARP Driver Safety course,” said Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen. “If folks find that their insurer is unwilling to grant a discount after taking this course, they need to contact my office.”
“My hat goes off to all the people involved in this process to allow participants in the AARP driver safety course to receive a discount on their auto insurance,” said AARP State Director Bob Bartholomew. “Many people were involved in making it happen and I would like to thank everyone who played a role—this is quite a victory for consumers.”
“AARP is committed to keeping the roads safe for everyone and helping drivers stay safe as long as possible,” said Art Buckley, AARP Montana Driver Safety Program State Coordinator. “Last year over 3,500 Montanans attended over 250 AARP Driver Safety Program classroom courses to help improve their driving skills”. Now people have the option of taking the AARP course in a 4 hour classroom setting or online.
“This training is consistent with the overall goals of Montana’s Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan, specifically in the emphasis area of reducing older driver crashes,” Lynch continued. The Montana CHSP identifies statewide traffic safety issues that must be addressed. The plan sets aggressive goals for reducing fatalities and crashes. MDT is working with law enforcement, emergency responders, tribal governments, public health agencies, local governments and other stakeholders to meet these goals.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest driver improvement course designed for drivers age 50 and older. Since its inception in 1979, the program has helped millions of drivers stay safe on today's roads. Available in a classroom and online setting, the course is open to AARP members and non-members of all ages, and there are no tests. For more information, please visit online or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).