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Time to retire from the road?

julian fellowes

Published at 8:30am 26th September 2018.

DORSET POLICE are launching its annual Older Drivers Forum.

The aim of the scheme, which gets underway next week is to offer training, advice and guidance to reduce the risks they face.

It will also provide support for when it's time to retire from being behind the wheel.

The forum has received public backing from Lord Julian Fellowes...

"Dorset Police are spreading the word to all residents about the availability of assistance and mature driver reviews for any driver who feels that, primarily due to age, they may need to refresh their skills or address any fears that may have developed about their driving" he says.

"Sometimes this is no more than a need for confidence building.  Sometimes it is more.
"Dorset Older Drivers Forum will be holding roadshows to provide this opportunity at the various locations outlined.

At two public events in Poole and Dorchester in April a significant amount of men and women with elderly parents/relatives approached us to find out what could be available, in the way of adapting vehicles, or even assessments on health and driving skills.  

IAM Roadsmart have taken over the management of our Dorset Driver Gold scheme which is an opportunity to undertake a voluntary driving review locally and in your own car.
"Since January 2017 Dorset Police have received and responded to 123 concerns for older drivers.

In many of these situations advice has been given, eyesight tests carried out and signposting to other agencies including DVLA and IAM Roadsmart, has been suggested.

Dorset Police are introducing a fitness to drive assessment as an alternative to prosecution for any elderly driver who is involved in a minor collision.

This ensures that the fitness of the driver and his or her capability is checked to make Dorset's roads safer and reduce the risk of casualties involved in a road incident.  It can only make things safer for us all."

There are two dates for the scheme in South and West Dorset..

Thursday 4 October - Weymouth - 10am to 3pm
B&Q, Jubilee Close Retail Park, 2 Jubilee Close, Weymouth, DT4 7BG
Friday 5 October - Poundbury - 10am to 3pm
Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue, Poundbury, DT1 3RT

For more information on the Older Drivers Forum, click the link below.


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