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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week


December 1–7, 2013

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) establishes the first week in December as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to promote the importance of older driver safety and mobility that helps ensure older adults remain active within their communities.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition endorses and supports AOTA's national efforts by conducting and promoting older driver safety awareness and educational events throughout the state. We use this webpage to post all the activities that will take place right here in Florida to help promote safety and mobility including CarFit Events, community events, and the Coalition's first Safety is Golden Mobility Fair.

Governor's Proclamation: On November 25, 2013 Governor Rick Scott signed a proclamation establishing the first week in December to be Older Driver Safety Awareness Week here in Florida and encourages everyone to help reduce injuries and tragic loss of life by being proactive about safe driving skills and learn how to maintain quality of life after driving cessation. You can read the entire 2013 Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Proclamation here.

Local and Statewide Outreach: Raising awareness and providing access to transportation safety and mobility resources is our number one goal this week! This is being accomplished both locally and statewide in a variety of ways:

Safety is Golden Mobility Fair

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is conducting our first Safety is Golden Mobility Fair on December 5, 2013 at the Tamarac Community Center in collaboration with our local partners, the Broward MPO and City of Tamarac, event details, including poster, and vendor information are shown below.

 

Safety is Golden Mobility Fair PosterEvent Details

Come join us at the Tamarac Community Center (8601 W. Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac, FL 33351)
on December 5, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the free Safety is Golden Mobility Fair, an interactive event with state and local agencies sharing their transportation safety tips, mobility resources and much more! More details can be found on the Safety is Golden Mobility Fair poster


Vendors

If you are in the Broward County area, please stop our event to receive safety and mobility information and goodies from the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition and the following vendors:

AAA Autoclub, AARP Driver Safety, Broward, Alert Today Alive Tomorrow, Barry University - OT Program, Broward County Health - Trauma Services, Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Broward Community Traffic Safety Team, Broward MPO, Broward Transit, City of Tamarac, Find-a-Ride, Florida CarFit, Florida Ped/Bike Safety Resource Center, Highway Safety Motor Vehicles, Lighthouse of Broward, North Broward Memory Disorder Center, Nova Southeastern University, South Florida Commuter Services, and Tri-Rail.

CarFit Safety Events

Tamarac:        December 5, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - In conjunction with our Safety is Golden Mobility Fair
                       Tamarac Community Center
                       8601 W. Commercial Boulevard
                       Tamarac, FL  33351
                       Please register on-line or call (954) 424-4140

Clearwater:     December 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
                       Aging Well Center at Long Center
                       1501 N. Belcher Road
                       Clearwater, FL  33765
                       Please register on-line or call (727) 724-3070

Lake Worth:    December 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
                      
Signature of Palm Beach
                       4405 Lakewood Road
                       Lake Worth, FL  33461
                       Please register on-line or call (561) 969-1400

Tampa Area:    One-on-One CarFit Appointments - Ginger Fitness & Rehab
                        December 2 and 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                        Wesley Chapel Clinic
                        27553 Cashford Circle Suite 101
                        Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
                        Call (813) 631-9700 to set up an appointment

                        December 3, 4, and 6, 2013 from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
                        Busch Clinic
                        5035 E. Busch Blvd., Ste 10
                        Tampa, FL 33617
                        Call (813) 631-9700 to set up an appointment

Community Events

Gainesville:       December 4, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                        Driving and Dementia Program
                        Alzheimer's Association of Central North Florida
                        2727 NW 43rd Street, Suite 5B
                        Gainesville, FL  32606
                        Please pre-register (space is limited) call (800) 272-3900

Margate:           December 1-7, 2013
                        Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Proclamation
                        Presented by Vice Mayor Lesa Peermanto to Coalition Member Gilbert Soles (FDOT District 4)

Palm Springs:    December 5, 2013 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
                        AARP Driver Safety Course
                        Mid County Senior Center
                        3680 Lake Worth Road
                        Palm Springs, FL 33461
                        Space is limited call (561) 641-3859 or email neusteins@bellsouth.net to reserve a seat
                        Cost: $12 (AARP members); $14 (non-members)

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