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Diegnan Promotes MVC Safety Program to Assist Senior Drivers

TheAlternativePress.com Staff

Monday, September 30, 2013 • 12:51pm

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ensuring that East Brunswick's mature drivers remain safely on the road is the focus of a program brought to the East Brunswick Senior Center on Monday by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and presented by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mature driver program entitled, Wisom Behind the Wheel. The safety program kicked off with partners from the state's Department of Transportation and Division of Highway Traffic Safety, AAA and the medical community.

"The MVC and its partners have developed a positive mature driver program that's a helpful discussion for seniors about driving as long as safely possible by recognizing the effects of aging and making the necesssary adjustments," Diegnan said. "A discussion with senior groups shouldn't be all about giving up the keys when simple life adjustments can be made to ensure the safety of a driver and his or her passengers.

Diegnan was joined at the event by East Brunswick Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin, who told those seniors assembled, "This program is all about empowering older drivers in making choices that keep themselves and others safe behind the wheel."

Wisdom Behind the Wheel is a conversational-style program aimed at drivers 65 and over where the MVC and other safety partners cover a wide range of topics such as sharing the road, adjusting driving habits, the effects of aging, safe driver courses, pedestrian safety and general vehicle care. The MVC regularly visits senior centers to discuss motor vehicle topics with the most common concern being the loss of the ability to drive. The Wisdom Behind the Wheel program seeks to alleviate that concern with a wealth of information designed to help mature drivers make wise decisions and remain safely on the road.

To book  the MVC's Wisdom Behind the Wheel program, community and senior groups are encouraged to contact the MVC Speaker's Bureau at (609) 984-3605 or via email at MVC.Speakers@dot.state.nj.

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