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AARP driving course will bring benefits

Save money on your auto insurance. A little-known law in Colorado requires every insurance company that does business in Colorado to provide a discount for attending the 55 and Alive driver’s training course.

You can expect to learn current rules of the road and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment, and learn how to make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

The course will be taught in two sessions of four hours each. Class dates are Aug. 11 and 12, and will be held at the Senior Center lunchroom. The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $15 for non-members. Call Rich Dieterick to reserve a space at 731-1901. Drop-ins are welcome.

The AARP has also developed an eight-page safe walking brochure, Test Your Walking IQ. It contains a 10-question quiz with answers that provide the 50-plus population with tips on being a safer pedestrian in their community. It also gives older adults information on how they can become more active in creating safer streets and walkways for all pedestrians within their communities.

A few facts about pedestrian safety:

• Every year, almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed and 69,000 are injured in motor vehicle crashes. Of these, approximately 18 percent are over the age of 70.

• Older adults are disproportionately representd in fatal pedestrian crashes.

• Pedestrian deaths are the highest among older adults in ten states: New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, Delaware, Texas and Mississippi.

AARP members can use the information in the brochure to learn:

• Techniques and tips to help them change their walking habits to become safer pedestrians;

• How walking can be a mobility option;

• How crossing signals work; and

• How to get more active in promoting safer streets for all users within their community.

DSP volunteers can use this brochure in conjunction with courses and events. You can order copies of the Test Your Walking IQ brochure (D19046) from the Newington Fulfillment Center, or download a PDF from VolunteerNet at www.aarpvolunteers.com.

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