Older Drivers Crashing Into Buildings and Pedestrians –
There is a Solution!
A July 17, 2018, headline on the Cleveland.com website reported:
“One woman dead, Walmart employee injured after being hit by car outside Mentor store”.
Witnesses to the crash said the car appeared to be going about 25 to 30 mph when it hit two people outside the store entrance before crashing into a cement wall around 12:30 p.m. Officials said the 81-year-old victim went into full cardiac arrest and was taken to Tripoint Medical Center, where she died. A second pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Sadly, incidents involving older drivers crashing into pedestrians and buildings occur every day across America. The Storefront Safety Council reports that 29% of vehicle-into-building crashes involve drivers under the age of 30, 30% involve drivers age 30-60, and a whopping 40% of vehicle-into-building crashes involve drivers over the age of 60.
Every day around 60 drivers crash their cars into storefronts across the USA, causing thousands of dollars of damage while injuring (or even killing) innocent people.
Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe and retired Ohio State Trooper explains “These crashes are completely avoidable. Our ‘Enhanced Self-Assessment Program’ for older drivers was designed to help older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat, before tragedy has the opportunity to strike.”
Nancy Macke, Director of Strategic Alliances for Keeping Us Safe, adds “Keeping Us Safe’s self-assessment program for older drivers provides families with the missing link between their desire to bring this issue to a peaceful resolution, and their ability to actually do so.” Macke explains that the three-hour session takes place in the older driver’s home and the driving exercise is conducted in their own vehicle.
Keeping Us Safe is a national organization headquartered in Ohio. To learn more about this proactive, life-saving program, visit the Keeping Us Safe website at https://www.keepingussafe.org or call 877-907-8841.