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CHP offers program for senior drivers

The Yuba-Sutter California Highway Patrol office is accepting reservations for a program designed to help senior citizens assess their driving capabilities and avoid collisions.

The effects of aging on driving ability varies widely, but seniors need to know that gradual incremental changes in vision, flexibility and response times may compromise safety and eventually require them to stop driving, according to a CHP news release. The Age Well Drive Smart program is intended to help older people drive safer and drive longer.

The program will be offered at 8 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Rideout Conference Center, 989 Plumas St. in Yuba City. It is open to senior drivers, caretakers and family members. The session will include information on warning signs of diminished driving capabilities and discuss alternatives to driving.

To sign up for the program, call 530-674-5141.

The program is conducted in conjunction with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Aging, Safety Center, Occupational Therapy Association of California and Paratransit Inc. Funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy