Increase in senior drivers projected in CA

March 14, 2009 3:11:51 PM PDT
As the number of senior citizens in California is projected to double in size by the year 2020, the California Highway Patrol is preparing now to safely accommodate a surge of senior drivers, passengers and pedestrians using the state's roadways.

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"It is imperative that we prepare Californians now for the growing demographic," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a prepared statement.

The CHP's Older Californian Traffic Safety Task Force plans to identify geographical hotspots where a moderate to high number of senior-involved collisions occur, and implement a series of pilot programs to address traffic safety, mobility and alternative transportation issues relevant to the needs of an older population.

With the highest concentration of seniors currently living in and around San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, the task force has chosen these three locations to start its community awareness and safety analysis campaigns.

Funding for the pilot programs will initially be funded by a grant of $205,000 awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the CHP.

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