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White Plains Course Focuses On Safe Senior Driving

A series of driving courses focuses on safety for senior drivers.
A series of driving courses focuses on safety for senior drivers. Photo Credit: war-vets.org

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has announced that Keys to Safe Driving, a series of free programs sponsored by the county Department of Senior Programs and Services, will take place during Older Driver Safety Week from Monday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 5.

“Older drivers should do whatever they can to protect themselves and other motorists on the roads,” Astorino said. “I encourage all seniors and their families to take part in this important program.”

The sessions, presented by DSPS’ Older Driver Coalition, will offer tools, tips and techniques that older drivers can use to be on the road as safely as possible for as long as possible. The programs will also explore when it is time to stop driving and what alternative transportation services are available when seniors decide to relinquish their keys.

The program began Monday in Somers. The following is the list of the rest of the programs:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 – Tuckkahoe Community Center, 71 Columbus Ave., Tuckahoe, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Call Judy Connolly director at 914-337-0390. Discussion leader: Ronni Siegel, clinical team leader of Burke Rehabilitation at United Hebrew.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel, 252 Bryant Ave., White Plains, noon-1 p.m. Call Scott Havelka, interim executive director, The LOFT, 914-948-2932, ext. 12. Discussion leader: Mary Ellen Burns of DPWT.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4 – Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center, 94 Davis Ave., New Rochelle, 1-2 p.m. Call Phyllis Maucieri, director, at 914-235-2363. Discussion leader: Kathleen Golisz, associate dean and professor, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Mercy College.
  • Friday, Dec. 5 – Joseph Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, 11 a.m.-noon, Kathy Asaro, director, 914-762-1350. Discussion leaders: Lawrence Cunningham and Anna Wyganowska, both of DPWT.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. To sign up, telephone the director at each of the sites.

For more information about the Older Driver Coalition, contact Beverly Carter at bdc1@westchestergov.com or 914-813-6188.

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