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Pasco Sheriff's Office To Conduct CarFit Program

The Pasco Sheriff's Office wants to ensure our older drivers are safe when

they hit the roadways. We have partnered with AAA to conduct the CarFit

program at our office at 8700 Citizen Drive on March 1st from 10-2pm. Given

the recent tragedy in Bradenton when a 79 year old woman backed into a crowd

of people killing three, we feel this program is more vital than ever to our

citizens. We are reaching out to our media friends in the hopes you will do a

preview piece on this program to ensure we get a good turnout to better help

our senior drivers. Or add it to your website and event calendars.

With the goal of keeping seniors safe on the roads, driving experts today

staged a new safety program designed to help seniors find out how the "fit" of

their personal vehicle affects their driving. Older adult drivers lined up

their vehicles in the parking lot at the PSO Administration Building to take

part in CarFit, an innovative national program designed to give a quick

comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work

together. The event also provided motorists with community traffic safety

resources intended to keep them driving safely longer.

As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and

even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control

behind the wheel. CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand

and apply the safety features of their vehicles.

At the CarFit event in March, trained volunteers will complete a 12-point

checklist with each driver. Among the items checked: Is the person positioned

correctly in the driver's seat? Can the person reach the pedals easily? Does

the person know how to adjust mirrors properly or have the flexibility to use

the mirrors?

After visiting the trained volunteer professional, the driver will consult

with an occupational therapist who, if needed, discussed ways drivers can

maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. The therapists

will offer information to participants addressing individual needs, including

information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other

programs to help keep them safe on the road.

It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal

priority. Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased

traffic congestion, longer commute distances, larger vehicles and faster

speeds. Older drivers can take important measures themselves to mitigate the

stress associated with driving.

Please let me know if you are interested in doing a preview story of CarFit,

please give me a call. We will also be allowing media in to cover the event

on March 1st. Thank you for helping us spread the word on this important

program.

Source: Pasco Sheriff's Office



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