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References

The implementation team will examine if they can promote
engineering designs that improve safety for older drivers (such
as bigger, more reflective signing, wider and brighter pavement
markings, etc.) Engineers have an opportunity to work with
community planners, area aging organizations, and occupational therapy practitioners to conduct roadway or walk audits
in communities with high concentrations of older adults. These
interactions can help build professional relationships that can lead
to safer roads and better community designs that help older adults
remain mobile and connected to society through life.

1. United States Census Bureau. "An Aging Nation: The Older Population
in the United States." www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf.
Accessed February 12, 2018.
2. Scripts Gerontology Center, Miami University. "Ohio Population Research."
http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/scripps/research/ohiopopulation-research/index.html. Accessed February 12, 2018.

Alternative Transportation
The implementation team will explore how engineers can also
support effective transit and ride sharing in their communities.

Learn More
Above all, May emphasizes that the overarching goal in 2018 is on
raising awareness and getting more people interested and engaged
in the issue of aging driver safety. Her partnership with Davis,
which is introducing more transportation professionals to the topic
and the resources available across disciplines through forums and
events, is a prime example of this effort in action. To learn more,
visit the websites in listed the resources box. itej

For More Information
Ohio Department of
Transportation Strategic
Highway Safety Plan
zerodeaths.ohio.gov
The goal of Ohio's Strategic Highway
Safety Plan is to achieve zero deaths
on Ohio's roadways. The Plan is a
map to guide professionals and
volunteers who work tirelessly to
help achieve this goal.

EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE

zerodeaths.ohio.gov

CHORUS
www.roadsafeseniors.org
The Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (CHORUS) is the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new go-to
resource for all things related to senior safety and mobility.
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
www.aota.org/odsaw
Professionals can also contact Elin Schold Davis
at escholddavis@aota.org.

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Michelle Birdsall is senior editor and writer of ITE
Journal. Her previous roles have included senior editor
and writer of NASA Spinoff magazine and communications director/project manager for the Department
of Homeland Security Office of the Chief Information
Officer. She is a graduate of LeadershipITE and has
been an ITE staff member for 12 years.
Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS, FAOTA is a senior
mobility expert and a licensed occupational therapist
and certified driving rehabilitation specialist. She
leads the American Occupational Therapy
Association's (AOTA) Older Driver Initiative, that
works with occupational therapy programs and their
stakeholders to serve senior drivers and their caregivers. Through this
work they assess the risks and develop strategies to help individuals
remain independent and mobile for as long as it is safe to do so. In
addition, Davis manages senior mobility projects funded by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and is AOTA's
administrator of the CarFit collaboration with AAA and AARP.
Michelle May has been a member of the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) for more than
29 years, serving in communication and program
management roles. For the past 10 years, May has
managed ODOT's $102 million Highway Safety
Program, which provides technical expertise and
funding to state and local governments to improve high-crash and
severe-crash roads. She also manages Ohio's Strategic Highway Safety
Plan, which is a multidiscipline, multi-agency effort to prevent traffic
deaths and serious injuries on Ohio roads.


http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/scripps/research/ohiopopulation-research/index.html http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/scripps/research/ohiopopulation-research/index.html http://zerodeaths.ohio.gov http://zerodeaths.ohio.gov http://www.roadsafeseniors.org http://www.aota.org/odsaw

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