Since 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through the Safe Mobility for Life Program in the State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office has been partnering with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU to facilitate a statewide coalition to address the specific needs of Florida’s aging road users.
Working together with our member organizations, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s mission is to implement a strategic plan to increase the safety, access, and mobility for aging road users and eliminate fatalities and reduce serious injuries.Click on the image to the right for the SMFL Fact Sheet.
As of April 2018, Safe Mobility for Life Coalition member organizations include the following:
Together the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is working to reach their overall goal to improve aging road user safety and mobility in Florida by achieving a reduction in the number of aging road user fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes while maintaining their safe mobility and connection to the community through the implementation of an Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has developed a very comprehensive, data-driven and evaluation based strategic safety plan to reduce injuries and fatalities for Florida's aging population. We have established baseline data on population, drivers, and crashes by age and are currently developing, implementing, and evaluating resources and programs to help the six focus areas reach their goals and objectives.
The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida's aging population by addressing areas critical to the needs and concerns of our targeted population. Guiding the plan is the vision, mission, and goal:
Vision: Working together to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida's aging population.
Mission: To implement a strategic plan to increase the safety, access, and mobility for aging road users and eliminate fatalities and reduce serious injuries.
Goal: To improve the aging road user safety and mobility in Florida by achieving a reduction in the number of aging road user fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes while maintaining their safe mobility and connection to the community.
Program Management, Data, and Evaluation
Goal: Lead, coordinate, and evaluate Coalition programs and activities using a data driven approach that identifies needs and determines measureable outcomes.
Team Leader: Gail M. Holley, FDOT State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
Outreach and Advocacy
Goal: Provide information and resources that promote the mission of the Coalition to public officials, community stakeholders and aging road users.
Team Leaders: Laura Cantwell, AARP Florida and Stefanie Kiedrowski, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU
Aging in Place
Goal: Promote design features that support lifelong communities and safe mobility for all road users.
Team Leader: Gail M. Holley, FDOT State Traffic Engineering and Operations
Prevention and Assessment
Goal: Promote driver fitness, early recognition of at-risk drivers, and aging road user mobility through prevention and intervention resources.
Team Leaders: Dr. Alice Pomidor, FSU College of Medicine and Dr. Sandra Winter, UF Institute of Mobility, Activity, and Participation
Licensing and Enforcement
Goal: Educate and promote resources for law enforcement and licensing personnel.
Team Leaders: Ray Graves, DHSMV and Stacey Payne, Lee County Sheriff's Office
Transitioning from Driving
Goal: Empower individuals considering transitioning away from driving through identification of viable transportation options.
Team Leader: Fran Carlin-Rogers, Carlin Rogers Consulting
Florida's Safe Mobility For Life Coalition accepted two awards in 2015:
- The Coalition was selected for the FHWA National Roadway Safety
Award in the Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
According to the award notification letter, "This award
recognizes the particular benefits of Florida’s Safe Mobility for
Life Coalition and the commitment to roadway safety by your
organization. It places you and your entry in an elite status worthy
of national recognition.” More information can be found
on Page 10 in the
2015 Noteworthy Practice Guide.
This award is only given out every two years and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Roadway Safety Foundation. This recognition is quite an accomplishment to the work being done in Florida to reduce aging road user crashes. This award would not be possible without the time and commitment that both Coalition members and their agencies and offices have given to the program.
- The Coalition also received an honorable mention in the Transportation Research Board’s Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q Public Award. The Coalition was honored with the other winners during TRB's 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on January 12, 2016.
TRIP, a national transportation research group, and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a report in January 2012, "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans." In their report, they highlighted some of the work we have been doing in Florida and specifically the work of our Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in our development of this strategic safety plan.
U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, Transportation: A Challenge to Independence to Seniors and Committee Chair, Senator Bill Nelson, mentioned our Coalition in his opening statement:
"In Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has brought together over 20 organizations, agencies and universities to improve transportation safety, mobility and access to Florida’s seniors. In addition to promoting safety for all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and transit users, the coalition serves as a resource on transportation options in each community, connecting seniors with a range of public and private services. We need more coordination like this."
Senator Bill Nelson, 11/6/2013. You can read his entire statement here.
For more information on the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition or the implementation of Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, please contact Gail M. Holley, FDOT's Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager.
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