Florida observed December 1-7th as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. A proclamation was signed by Governor Rick Scott, and events were held across the state to address older adults’ unique safety and mobility needs. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, Broward MPO, and City of Tamarac hosted an inaugural Safety is Golden Mobility Fair at the Tamarac Community Center. It included a CarFit event for 29 individuals and an indoor event with 20 vendors that distributed resources to 155 older adults. City of Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco and Commissioner Harry Dressler welcomed the participants.
Florida is home to more than 3.2 million adults over the age of 65. Traffic crashes were the third leading cause of injury related deaths among this group. The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition was created to help reduce the number of crashes while improving the safety, access, and mobility for Florida’s aging road users. The coalition consists of representatives from FDOT, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, and 27 national, state, and local aging and safety advocates. These advocates work together to balance both the safety and mobility needs of Florida’s aging population.