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
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.
- Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's 2013 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.
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.
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: Eric Gordin, FDOT Turnpike District (Interim)
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 (Interim)
Licensing and Enforcement Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement.
Team Leader: Ray Graves, Department 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: Edie Peters, 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
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
Guide for Aging Drivers document.
May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. To honor and support this theme, Florida's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is hosting a Safety is Golden Mobility Fair:
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Parkview Baptist Church
268 NW Lake Jeffery Road
Lake City, Florida 32055
This is a free interactive safety event where guests can learn and receive safety and mobility information and goodies directly from the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition and local vendors. In addition to visiting and getting safety materials from the vendor booths indoors in the Fellowship Hall, guests are encouraged to also learn how they fit in their own vehicles, by participating in the CarFit safety event taking place outdoors at the same time. Participation in CarFit is also free and fast, but to help us make sure we have enough trained technicians, we ask that guests register in advance by calling (352) 373-7801.
On Monday, May 19, 2014, in support of Tuesday's event, there will be a CarFit Technician Training (9 a.m.to 1 p.m.) and Event Coordinator Training (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) at the FDOT Operations Center, 710 NW Lake Jeffery Rd., Lake City 32055, FL. We encourage local partners to attend this training to have the opportunity to learn more about this free safety event to help older adults find their perfect fit and comfort in their own vehicles. Advance on-line registration for the training is required, please email Fran Carlin-Rogers if you have any questions.
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.