Older drivers should be judged on competency not age

Staff reports

To the Editor,

This month we celebrate Older Driver Week and focus our attention on the mobility and safety of older drivers.

Offices for the Aging have a long history of advocating for the rights of seniors and few issues trigger as much emotion as those related to keeping the keys!

Age is a poor predictor of driving ability and we advise older drivers, families, and concerned citizens to consider competency behind the wheel rather than advancing age when determining one’s need to stop driving.

The good news is that there are strategies to promote driver safety, which can mean driving safer longer.

Confidential help is available the Steuben County Office for the Aging website: www.steubencony.org/ofa/caregivers.html or

www.aota.org/olderdriverweek or by simply calling the Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298. Ignoring a concern can have devastating consequences in our community and safe driving is everyone’s responsibility.

Patricia A. Baroody

Mature Driver Program Coordinator

Steuben County OFA