ChORUS joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other partners in recognizing Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (ODSAW) from December 5 - 9, 2022. In 2020, 55.7 million people, 17% of the United States population, were over the age of 65. In the same year, there were 6,549 people 65 and older killed in traffic crashes in the United States, accounting for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities. Although older drivers are less likely to drive aggressively or to speed, they are considered vulnerable road users. It is important for those who engage with older drivers to know age-related changes that may undermine an individual’s driving ability. In support of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, below are resources to help caregivers, family members, state driver licensing agencies, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others address safety among older drivers.
Click below to access the resources, materials, and other information to support your efforts.
- Beyond Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (ODSAW)
Focusing on Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is a great start, but older driver safety initiatives should occur throughout the year to have the greatest impact on the safety of our older drivers and communities. Beyond ODSAW offers suggestions to continue the discussion and positive impact on older driver safety throughout the year.
- Add ChORUS to Your Site
- Help users easily connect to ChORUS and the wealth of resources on this website. Copy and paste the logo and website description to your website’s home page, resource page, or other locations as appropriate.
ChORUS serves as a centralized, user-friendly, and dynamic source of information pertaining to highway safety for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Built as a comprehensive resource, it covers all three major components of highway safety: safe roadways, safe road users, and safe vehicles. (https://www.roadsafeseniors.org/)
- Social Media Messaging
Include these ready-to-post social media messages to highlight ChORUS resources in ongoing digital media campaigns.
- Sample Press Releases
Use these sample press releases in newsletters, publications, or community outreach to encourage participation in recognizing and promoting older driver safety.
For areas with bulletin boards or where handouts can be displayed, consider using the ChORUS poster. The poster provides the URL and QR codes to connect individuals to valuable tools and resources about older driver safety.
Include the ChORUS handouts in the materials you provide for older drivers.
General Information – provides an introduction to the resources and information that ChORUS offers to improve traffic safety for older drivers.
Patient Questionnaire – helps medical professionals gauge when they may need to have a conversation with patients about their driving.
Transportation Planning Tool – helps older drivers and their family members prepare for mobility as they age.
- Lobby Slides
Integrate one or more of the lobby slides into the information messaging systems you use for those in your waiting areas.