December 4-8, 2017: Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Michigan now has 1.2 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, family and friends of aging adults and professionals who work with aging adults; and,

WHEREAS, Safe Drivers Smart Options is an award winning, statewide public-private partnership 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 addressing and bringing awareness to these challenges and improving the safety of driving for all. Michigan is committed to improving safe mobility for life;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 4-8, 2017 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week in Michigan.