Sem­i­nar to help older driv­ers stay safe

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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]

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