In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through their Safe Mobility for Life Program in the State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office, partnered with 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
Aging Road User Strategic Safety plan to reduce injuries and fatalities for
Florida's aging population. We have established baseline data on
population, drivers, and crashes by age and are currently developing,
implementing, and evaluating resources and programs to help each of our
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.
Florida's Aging Road User Data
Five Year Trend (2009-2013)
DHSMV/Apriss, Five-Year 65+ Licensing Data
Bureau of Economical and Business Research, Five-Year 65+ Population Data
FDOT State Safety Office, Five-Year 65+ Crash Data from DHSMV/Apriss on 4/27/15
- 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.
- Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's 2014 Program Accomplishments.
- View the Coalition's 2013 Aging Road User Survey Summary and check out the accompanying article including video and audio stories produced by Florida State University and presented by Coalition members Dr. John Reynolds and Dr. Alice Pomidor.
- The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition' 2015 Aging Road User (65+) Priority County Map. Priority counties were selected using a 3-year (2011-2013)
average rate of crashes involving individuals aged
65+ compared to the population of 65+ in both urban
and rural* counties. The chosen counties are the top
ten rural and urban counties.
*In establishing our methodology, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition used the definition of rural county as defined in Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes:
- A county with a population of 75,000 or less
- A county with a population of 125,000 or less which is contiguous to a county with a population of 75,000 or less
- Any municipality within a county as described above
Program Management, Evaluation, and Resources Emphasis Area
Goal: Manage and evaluate aging road user safety and mobility activities to maximize the effectiveness of programs and resources.
Team Leader: Gail M. 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: Shaun Davis, 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. Dennis McCarthy, Nova Southeastern University
Licensing and Enforcement Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement.
Team Leader: Stacey Payne, Lee County Sheriff's Office
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: DeWayne Carver, FDOT Roadway Design 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
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.
U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging held a hearing "Transportation: A Challenge to Independence to Seniors and Committee Chair, Senator Bill Nelson mentioned our Coalition in his opening statement: "In Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has brought together over 20 organizations, agencies and universities to improve transportation safety, mobility and access to Florida’s seniors. In addition to promoting safety for all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and transit users, the coalition serves as a resource on transportation options in each community, connecting seniors with a range of public and private services. We need more coordination like this." Senator Bill Nelson, 11/6/2013. You can read his entire statement here.
For more information on the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition or the implementation of Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, please contact Gail Holley, FDOT's Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager.
One of the first resources we have developed is our Guide for Aging Drivers to help older adults continue to drive as long as safely possible while sharing information to help prepare 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.
Our guide continues to be well-received with 30% of our guide requests coming directly from Floridians who want to continue staying safe and mobile as they age!
If you would like to receive* a free copy of this guide, please
send your name and mailing address
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.
Florida's Health Care and Social Service Needs Assessment
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's mission is to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida's aging road user. Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, developed by the Coalition sets goals for improving safety and to help meet those goals, the Coalition needed to assess the current situation and level of knowledge among the health care community and other adult service organizations.
The FDOT contracted with researchers from SRA Research Group Inc. to develop an assessment tool and conduct a statewide survey. The "Health Care Providers and Older Adult Service Organizations to Assist in the Prevention and Early Recognition of Florida's At-Risk Drivers" research project helped determine baseline levels of community practice, knowledge, interest, and resource needs regarding at-risk drivers.
The assessment results provided a snapshot of current practice in regarding how professionals from health care and older adult service organizations interact with older Floridians on driving issues.
Some key findings include:
Majority of medical professionals (85%) and social service providers (87%) have conversations with older adults about driving.
Barriers to discussing driving are the same for both groups
Lack of resources to assess (55%)
No transportation options to offer (50%):
Not driving may negatively impact quality of life (49%)
Lack of resources to educate (41%)
No time to assess (40%)
Main topics discussed with older adults:
Planning for the future (56%)
Talking about ways to drive safely (52%)
Majority (88%) feel a simple screening tool to help identify and better predict at-risk drivers would be helpful.
88% agree identifying at-risk drivers is everyone's responsibility
Top resources they want to receive:
Florida's Guide for Aging Drivers
Local Transportation Options
FDOT Safe and Mobile Seniors website (www.FLsams.org)
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition will use the results of this research project to guide the development and/or dissemination of educational and outreach materials which support the recognition and reporting of at-risk drivers.
For more information, view the
"Health Care Providers
and Older Adult Service Organizations to Assist in the Prevention and
Early Recognition of Florida's At-Risk Drivers" research project
Summary [468KB] or
Report [2.7MB] .
Follow us and use #safetyisgolden to stay engaged and up to date on the Coalition's latest information and resources on the following sites:
Safe Mobility for Life Coalition Promotes Aging in Place Checklist
7/2/14: Safe Mobility for Life Coalition to Conduct Health Care Needs Assessment
6/19/14: Tallahassee Transit is Golden/2014 National Dump the Pump Day
5/16/14: Safety is Golden Mobility Fair in Lake City
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