Forum launches to give older drivers more help on the road

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EXPERTS in road safety from across Hampshire have come together to create a forum for mature motorists.

Representatives from organisations such as Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Portsmouth City Council, and Age UK, have created the Older Drivers’ Forum.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the police’s roads policing unit, co-ordinator and chairman of the forum, said: ‘The focus of our campaign and key objective is to keep older motorists driving safely for longer and provide them with the support they need to do that.

‘We understand how vital it is for the older motorist to keep their independence, and that staying behind the wheel is a very important part of that process.

‘Statistics show us that you are no more likely to be involved in a collision at the age of 70 than any other age group.

‘However, age-related decline in mental and physical abilities coupled with age related frailty can make older drivers more likely to be involved in a crash and more vulnerable to serious injuries.’

The forum is running an Older Driver Awareness Week from Monday September 23, to Saturday, September 28, with a roadshow stopping off at:

Monday, September 23, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, Fareham.

Friday, September 27, Portsmouth City Museum, Museum Road, Old Portsmouth

To find out more, visit olderdriversforum.com