To ensure our older drivers are as safe as possible when they hit the roadways, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is holding a CarFit program next month.
CarFit is a national program designed to give a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. The event also provides motorists with community traffic safety resources and the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their cars.
This event is especially important given the recent tragedy in Bradenton when a 79-year-old woman backed into a crowd of people outside of church killing three and injuring four others. The driver in that case, Doreen Landstra, was issued a noncriminal infraction for improper backing up.
The Sheriff’s Office says the CarFit program is more important than ever, as they do not want such an incident to happen again.
As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel.
At the CarFit event in March, trained volunteers will complete a 12-point checklist with each driver.
Among the items checked: Is the person positioned correctly in the driver’s seat? Can the person reach the pedals easily? Does the person know how to adjust mirrors properly or have the flexibility to use the mirrors?
CarFit will take place at the Sheriff’s Office, 8700 Citizen Drive, on March 1st from 10-2 p.m.