22 September, 2023
Safer road sessions for seniors
ON the back of successful programs held earlier this year, Tablelands Regional Council is again partnering with Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Queensland Police Service to host free Seniors on the Road information sessions.
“The program we ran earlier this year was very successful so, during this year’s Queensland Seniors’ Month, we are running two more sessions in Atherton,” Deputy Mayor Kevin Cardew said.
“Seniors on the Road builds knowledge and understanding of road safety for older members of our community.
“Our abilities change as we age so this session is a good opportunity to get a refresher and learn about safe driving, driving as an older person, health and driving, transition from driving, road rules and mobility scooters.”
The sessions will be held at the Disaster Coordination Centre in Vernon Street from 11.30am-1.30pm on Monday 16 October, or 10am-12noon on Friday 20 October.
Places are limited so book (www.trc.qld.gov.au/seniors-on-the-road) online or by calling 1300 362 242 before Monday 9 October to secure your place.
Transport and Main Roads Customer Services Branch Northern Regional Director Adam Ainsworth said the road safety team would present a range of information to assist the region’s older drivers.
“At the session, we will address common concerns that many older drivers face, including understanding new road rules and safe driving behaviours,” Mr Ainsworth said.
“We will also provide tips and support to people who are looking at transitioning away from driving.
“Most responsible older drivers recognise when they are no longer confident behind the wheel and voluntarily surrender their licences, but it can be a major lifestyle adjustment, so we like to provide information and support to help people on this transition.”
Attendees will also be shown how to access support for TMR online services and apps.