December 6-10, 2021: Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Michigan now has 1.5 million drivers 65 years old or older, and that number is quickly growing; by 2025, one in five drivers is expected to be 65 or older; and,  

 

WHEREAS, as one's age increases, changes in physical, mental, or sensory abilities may challenge a person's continued ability to drive safely; and,

 

WHEREAS, training, programs, and resources are being strategically implemented to support aging adults, their family and friends, and professionals who work with them; and,

 

WHEREAS, Safe Drivers Smart Options is an award winning, statewide public-private partnership that was implemented to support the safe transportation of Michigan's aging adults; and,

 

WHEREAS, Safe Drivers Smart Options helps those who are able to drive safely continue to do so; and,

 

WHEREAS, Safe Drivers Smart Options helps those who are starting to have difficulties with driving transition from driving to non-driving and supports the use of community mobility options for those who no longer drive; and,

 

WHEREAS, Michigan continues to address and bring awareness to these challenges and improve the safety of driving for all; our state is committed to improving safe mobility for life;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 6-10, 2021, as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week in Michigan.