Older Driver Safety Awareness Week kicks off

December 7 to 11, 2015 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Agencies throughout the Midstate want to make sure families have conversations with older drivers before something serious happens.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week runs from December 7 through 11, 2015. Those with PennDOT say no one should have to give up their license based on their age, but some signs they need to include slowed reaction times, missing exits, and getting lost in known places.

Mature drivers should also monitor the effects of their medicine and lookout for the effects of cognitive and physical issues on their driving.

PennDOT has a Medical Reporting Program where people can report concerns about an older driver.

“It’s not a tattletale kind of thing. It’s if you have a serious concern about their driving for their own safety and the safety of other people. It is anonymous once you send that to PennDOT. Then we contact the doctors, and ultimately it really comes down to the doctor to decide,” PennDOT Spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler said.

You can learn more about the Medical Reporting Program by clicking here.

 

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