In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through their Safe Mobility for Life Program in the State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office, reached out to the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU to establish a statewide coalition to address the specific needs of Florida’s aging road users.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s mission is to improve the safety, access and mobility of Florida’s aging road users by developing a comprehensive strategic plan to reduce injuries and crashes among this vulnerable population. Safe Mobility for Life Coalition member organizations include:
With a safety grant from the FDOT State Safety Office, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy assists the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition reach their overall goal to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities among Florida's aging road users through the implementation of our Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.
Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has developed a very comprehensive strategic safety plan to reduce injuries and fatalities for Florida's aging population.
We have established our baseline data on population, drivers, and
crashes by age and are currently developing and evaluating resources and programs to help each of our emphasis areas reach their goals and objectives.
In December 2012, the Coalition's strategic safety plan was adopted into Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan under the At-Risk Drivers Emphasis Area. Through implementation of the Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition member agencies and their partners will improve aging road user safety and mobility in Florida by achieving a five-percent annual reduction in the number of aging road user fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes beginning in 2012 while maintaining aging road user’s mobility and independence which is necessary for enjoying a fulfilling life.
Since a central goal of the Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan is to reduce the number of driving-related injuries and fatalities among aging drivers in Florida, effective implementation of the plan should result in such reductions.
- To view an electronic version of Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan click on the image above.
- To receive a hard copy, contact the Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center at the Pepper Institute.
- For some examples of the work we are doing, you can view some of our Program Accomplishments.
TRIP, a national transportation research group and AASHTO, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials released a report in January 2012 "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans." In their report, they highlighted some of the work we have been doing in Florida and specifically the work of our Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in our development of this strategic safety plan.
Contact Gail Holley, FDOT's Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager for any questions regarding the Coalition and/or the implementation of our Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.
Program Management, Evaluation, and Resources
Goal: Manage and evaluate aging road user safety and mobility activities to maximize the effectiveness of programs and resources.
Team Leader: Gail Holley, FDOT State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
Outreach and Education Emphasis Area
Goal: Provide information and resources regarding aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Stefanie Kiedrowski, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
Data Collection and Analysis Emphasis Area
Goal: Provide stakeholders with the best available data to make decisions that improve aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Rickey Fitzgerald, FDOT State Safety Office
Advocacy and Policy Emphasis Area
Goal: Inform public officials about the importance and need to support national, state, regional, and local policy and program initiatives which promote and sustain aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Laura Cantwell, AARP
Aging in Place Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote and encourage practices that support and enhance aging in place.
Team Leader: Melanie Weaver-Carr, FDOT Office of Policy Planning
Assessment, Remediation and Rehabilitation Emphasis Area
Goal: Enhance aging road user safety and mobility through assessment, remediation, and rehabilitation.
Team Leader: Dr. Sherrilene Classen, UF Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation
Licensing and Enforcement Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement.
Team Leader: Ken Ward, Dept of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Other Road Users Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote the safe mobility of aging vulnerable road users (pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles).
Team Leader: Trenda McPherson, State Safety Office
Prevention and Early Recognition Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote the value of prevention strategies and early recognition of aging at-risk drivers to stakeholders.
Team Leader: Dr. Alice Pomidor, FSU College of Medicine
Transitioning from Driving Emphasis Area
Goal: Bridge the gap between driving retirement and mobility independence.
Team Leader: Fran Carlin-Rogers, Carlin Rogers and Associates
One of the first resources we have developed is our Guide for Aging Drivers. We designed this driver's guide to help older Floridians continue to drive as long as safely possible while sharing information to help prepare them for the day when they retire from driving. The guide was created to be a printed version of the transportation safety and mobility information contained on this website in consumer-friendly language.
If you would like to receive a free copy* of this guide, please contact:
Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center
636 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
*Please allow 5-8 business days to receive your guide in the mail.
View the types of information that you can find in the guide in this brief Florida's Guide for Aging Drivers document.
Are you interested getting first hand program and resource information as our Safe Mobility for Life Coalition works to implement Florida’s Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan? Then you will want to join our electronic mailing list! To sign up or make changes to your existing account, please visit: Safe Mobility for Life Coalition electronic mailing list.