Did you know that in Islington 9% of traffic casualties are aged over 60?
In response to this, the Traffic & Safety Team has introduced a series of "Road Safety Talks for Older People" to be held at various community centres across the borough.
The talks are designed to meet the needs of our residents who are over 60, by providing practical road safety advice and to raise awareness of potential risks associated with traffic. Topics such as pedestrian safety including safe crossing places, scooter safety, be safe be seen can all be addressed.
Top tips for our older residents to stay safe when out and about near traffic include:
- Allow plenty of time for your journey, plan your route in advance and avoid rush hour.
- Be safe, be seen! Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- If you need glasses or a hearing aid, make sure you wear them every time you step out.
- Use safe crossing places wherever possible, for example a zebra crossing.
- Never overload powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
- Check with your doctor if any prescribed medication could affect your driving.
- If you cannot read a standard number plate from 20.5m away, it is an offence to drive any vehicle.
If you would like a Road Safety Officer to visit your Community or Day Centre and give a talk to a group of older people, please complete the online Road Safety Talk For Older People Application Form.