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Senior Center gives lessons in driver safety

Posted: July 21, 2009 9:06 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The senior driving population is expected to double by the year 2030.

Given that growing number and the California Highway Patrol’s commitment to promoting road safety, the CHP has a special class in store for Santa Clarita Valley seniors.

On Tuesday, July 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Activity Rooms 1 and 2 of the SCV Senior Center, John Lutz, Public Information Officer for the California Highway Patrol, Newhall Area, will conduct a Senior Safe and Mobile class.

Seniors throughout the community are encouraged to attend the class and gain increased awareness about pertinent driving-related issues.

“The class is designed to keep seniors safe and mobile for as long as possible, to retain the ability to drive safely as age advances, and planning ahead for the time when driving must stop,” Lutz said. “Many seniors can add to their years behind the wheel by adopting certain strategies, such as seeking assistance from assessment and rehabilitation experts.”

According to the California Highway Patrol’s safety perspective, the surge in senior motorists translates to an increase in the number of older drivers, passengers and pedestrians using California’s roadways.

There will also be a greater number of seniors whose health and cognition changes will force a transition from driving to using others methods of transportation to accomplish their activities of daily living.

Based upon the ever-increasing senior population, the CHP sees education as a pro-active approach to a major safety challenge.

“Frailty exaggerates the impact of a collision, making crash prevention vital,” Lutz stated.

Created through an act of legislature in 1929, the California Highway Patrol was designed to enforce traffic laws on county and State highways. The CHP’s primary mission is “the management and regulation of traffic to achieve safe, lawful, and efficient use of the highway transportation system.”

As a major statewide law enforcement agency, the CHP’s secondary mission is to assist in emergencies exceeding local capabilities. The CHP also provides disaster and lifesaving assistance.

The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. For further information contact Diana Sevanian, R.N., SCV Senior Center Health & Wellness program director at 255-1588 ext. 138.


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