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Transportation Day 2017 targets safety for older drivers

Transportation Day 2017 targets safety for older drivers
Transportation Day 2017 targets safety for older drivers
Posted at 3:18 AM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 10:20:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Teaching driver safety for older adults and informing school children about career options in transportation are focuses of a Transportation Day event set for Friday.

Dangerous behaviors will be covered, such as texting, that greatly increase the risk of death.

“Transportation Day focuses on educating both young drivers and older adults,” said John Sobanjo, director of the Center for Accessibility and Safety for the Aging Population. “People of all ages engage our system of transportation and have an effect on the safety of our streets and roads, and everyone has an interest in making our transportation modes accessible for all.”

Organizers say they will be bringing in CarFit experts and trained volunteers, who will help older drivers adjust their seats, mirrors and such to make them well situated in their cars and trucks.

The event is going on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be at the FAMU-FSU college of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer St., in Tallahassee.

To register, email utc@fsu.edu or call (850) 410-6210.

This is the fourth annual Transportation Day for the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population. It is a joint research effort between Florida State University, Florida A&M University and the University of North Florida.

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