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Safer Roads Are On the Way

Delaware is a driver’s state, and home to some scenic roadways. For many drivers 50+, the ability to drive safely is their connection to friends, family and social networks. To address issues of safe driving in Delaware and to educate older drivers about safer road programs and policies designed specifically for them, the Safe and Mobile Delaware campaign was launched earlier this year. AARP supports this initiative and has a seat on the committee.

The goal of the campaign is to inform Delawareans 50+ about the findings of a May 2007 University of Delaware report titled, Assessing the Needs of Delaware’s Older Drivers. AARP supports the study’s findings.

“When it comes to cars and driving, everyone’s first priority has to be safety. We are all responsible for keeping up our skills and monitoring our loved ones’ driving – old and young, parents or adult children,” says AARP State Director Lucretia Young. “AARP supports improvements to the travel environment. People are living longer and mostly in Delaware’s suburbs where you need a car. Staying independent means continuing to drive because public transportation is less convenient and few other transportation options are available.”

Left turn lanes and signals, lighting, signage, road markings – can make driving safer for everyone, and safer roads for people 50+ means safer roads for everyone.

Delaware mirrors the U.S. in terms of its older population which is growing at a substantial rate. According to the Census, there will be a 133 percent increase in the 65 and older population in Delaware by 2030. And the facts speak for themselves: In Delaware in 2008, there were 21 individuals 65 or older who were killed in crashes. Eleven of those killed were passengers and three were pedestrians. A total of 567 individuals 65 and older were injured in crashes in Delaware in 2008.

To learn more, visit the Safe and Mobile Delaware web site.

Get information about the AARP Driver Safety Program online or call 1-888-227-7669.

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