Seminar to help older drivers stay safe
A FREE seminar for senior road users will be held at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute next week, designed to help boost the safety of older drivers.
The University of the Sunshine Coast will host the event on August 27 to coincide with Queensland Road Safety Week and will feature guest speakers from the university, Queensland Police Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads and other organisations.
It has been organised in light of 2017 Queensland crash data that shows while 5.7 per cent of the licensed population are aged over 75, they are involved in 14.2 per cent of road deaths.
Senior research fellow Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, who is undertaking a study into senior road safety, will outline risk management strategies that senior road users can follow.
“Unfortunately, getting hurt on the road is a major problem for seniors and it’s a growing problem worldwide,” she said.
The Queensland Road Safety Week Sunshine Coast coordinator Inspector Michael Miley said crashes were devastating lives and taking a toll on families and communities.
“The more people who get on board events like this... the safer our roads will be,” he said.
To register to attend, email [email protected]