Seniors focus of CHP Safety Summit |

Seniors focus of CHP Safety Summit

Next week is California’s first-ever Senior Safety Mobility Week, proclaimed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to focus on safety and mobility complications faced by senior drivers.

Grass Valley CHP Lt. Charles Whitmore, announced the designation Monday in a news release. He said the CHP administers the Older Californian Traffic Safety Task Force which is coordinating next week’s activities.

The week’s major event will be a one-day Summit Oct. 26 in Orange County, bringing together state, local and national leaders from government, the aging services community, traffic police, highway engineers, the transit industry and the health care community to explore issues and potential solutions.

Dr. David Manning, regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be keynote speaker. One panel will feature top administrators from four California state departments – transportation, motor vehicles, health services and aging.

Separate panels considering safety and mobility issues will present findings from experts in these subject areas.

“The generation about to begin retiring will more than double the California senior driving population by 2030,” Whitmore said. “That fact alone defines the urgency of task force action.”

He said age by itself is not a reliable indicator of risk, so “blanket indictments of drivers based on age don’t hold up.”

“But we also know that some seniors will become a risk, and they need to cease driving,” Whitmore said. “Loss of mobility should not be a consequence as a result. That’s why mobility options are gaining increased Task Force scrutiny.”

The Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach.

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