Seniors Road Safety in the South West

Posted on: Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

South West Road Safety Advisor, Nicola Smith presented Seniors Road Safety Forums in Boyup Brook and Bunbury.

The forum in Boyup Brook was held in collaboration with the Community Resource Centre and focused on driving and health, renewing your driver’s license and mobility scooters. In Bunbury, the presentation at Igenia Garden Village focused on safe speeds and sharing the road.

The forums provided seniors the opportunity to give feedback to Local Government on road safety issues.  

Bunbury RoadWise also held a display at the Live Lighter Seniors Activity and Information Day and partnered with Department of Transport to focus on safe speed and road rules, particularly in relation to roundabouts.

The chance of drivers aged 60 or over being involved in serious crashes may seem low compared with the rest of the adult community, until you realise they don’t travel as far as other drivers. Per kilometre driven, older drivers are more at risk than drivers in most other age groups.

Although senior drivers have fewer collisions, when they are involved in crashes they may experience more serious injuries and take longer to recover. (Road Safety Commission, https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Safety-Topics/Seniors.)

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Pictured above: South West Road Safety Advisor, Nicola Smith, presented Seniors Road Safety Forums in Boyup Brook and Bunbury.

If your Local Government or organisation would like a presentation or a display on seniors road safety contact Nicola Smith, Road Safety Advisor, South West on 9792 7078 or nsmith@walga.asn.au.

 

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