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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1
NHTSA Releases Strategic Plan for Older Driving Program
In December, NHTSA published its Older Driver Program Five-Year Strategic Plan, 2012-2017. This plan is the product of NHTSA’s 2009 and 2010 nationwide research, which included conducting in-depth telephone interviews and convening a panel of older driver experts. It focuses on three core initiatives:
- Build communications about older drivers
- Establish and maintain partnerships to enhance older driver safety efforts; and
- Develop and promote driver licensing policies.
The expert panel noted a need for better communication both to and among program planners at the state and local level as well as directly to older drivers and their support networks. NHTSA will work to improve these channels of communication by creating an online clearinghouse for older driver program information and by developing and disseminating key messages to older drivers.
In terms of partnerships, NHTSA plans to foster partnerships at all levels (national, regional state, and local) by: examining existing older driver partnerships; developing partnership criteria; and facilitating information sharing among partners.
The plan calls for improved driver licensing policies in three areas: model screening protocol for DMV counter personnel during license renewal, more robust medical advisory boards (MABs), and law enforcement training on how and when to make referrals to MABs.
Access the plan at nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811432.pdf.