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October 01, 2015
Wisconsin Safety Leaders to Hold Senior Driving Summit
AAA Wisconsin, Madison College and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have teamed up to host a Senior Driving Summit on Friday October 2nd at Madison College’s Mitby Theater. The workshop will be help from 8:30am-3:00pm with expert National speakers covering an array of topics as they relate to the challenge of older driver safety and mobility.
 
The summit is an opportunity for health care professionals, legislators, law enforcement and other traffic safety professionals to convene and discuss the challenges of senior driving safety and mobility. Expert speakers from around the nation will lead interactive sessions on a number of key topics including the extent and impact of senior driver safety, current research and recommended best practices. After hearing from some of the Nation’s leading experts on senior driving safety and mobility, local experts will have the opportunity to weigh in and comment during a panel discussion.  
 
According to the U.S. Census, the population age 65 and older will grow faster than the total population in every single state beginning this year.  With Maine being the “oldest” state in the Nation, with a median age of 42, the proportion of the population over 65 is expected to rise from 15% to 26% by 2030. Experts estimate that by 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older-and most will still be driving.
 
“Wisconsin’s population is aging, and the safety challenges facing older drivers are increasingly complex,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.  “Our department and our traffic safety partners will continue to explore effective ways to address these challenges.”
 
The demographic bulge known as the baby boomers will affect senior driving as it has other phenomenon.  If current rates at which people of various ages drive and have crashes do not change, in the next twenty years the proportion of crashes due to drivers over 65 will almost double simply as a result of the population aging.  Indeed, it is likely that the numbers will be even higher because a larger proportion of this group is expected to continue to drive.
 
“AAA is committed to helping seniors stay driving as long as safely possible and plan ahead for continued mobility through a variety of resources for older drivers, families and caregivers,” said Nick Jarmusz, AAA Wisconsin director of public affairs.  “This summit is a way to bring together stakeholders to help identify solutions and promote senior mobility resources and best practices.”
 
AAA has a suite of resources that will be highlighted at the event, including CarFit, Smart Features for Mature Drivers, Roadwise Review® and DriveSharp. Attendees will also learn about the AAA Senior Mobility website, SeniorDriving.AAA.com.

Contact(s):

Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

 


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