FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA Media Relations|
MVA HOSTS MARYLAND OLDER DRIVER SAFETY SYMPOSIUM
"Safe Mobility for Life"
LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD (May 17, 2012) -- Safe mobility for life was the focus of the one day Maryland Older Driver Safety Symposium hosted by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration held on May 17th at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD. The symposium saw participation from a variety of highway safety experts in the fields of community service, law enforcement, and health.
John Kuo, who is Maryland's Highway Safety Representative for Governor Martin O'Malley and the Administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, addressing the gathering said, "While we will not be able to address every issue related to the older driving population, we will focus on medical conditions, referrals, and reviews on function and cognitive abilities as they relate to driving. We need to address the issue of one's ability to drive, not one's age."
Speaking on the same theme, keynote speaker Dr. Steven R. Gambert, Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, pointed out that what determines your safety isn't your age but your ability.
Other Notable Speakers at the symposium were:
- Dr. Joanne G. Schwartzberg,
Director, Aging and Community Health, American Medical Association
- Bill Tower II
Law Enforcement Liaison, Region 3 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Gail Holley
Safe Mobility for Life Program and Research Manager, Florida Department of Transportation State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
- Wendy B. Stav, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM FAOTA
Assistant Professor, Towson University
- Loren Staplin, PhD
Managing Partner, TransAnalytics, LLC
The symposium was organized by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to bring together the Maryland leaders who focus on policies and programs for older driver safety throughout the State, to bring knowledge and awareness of the latest research and best practices, and to discuss practical applications for building on the progress already made in Maryland.
Nationwide, the number of older drivers is growing. In 2011, the first of the so called "Baby Boomers" began turning 65. Projections show that one in every five drivers will be 65 or older by 2025.