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.