Newsmakers to air January 10th 2010 Topic: Mature Driver Task Force

Newsmakers to air January 10th 2010 Topic: Mature Driver Task Force

PennDOTs Mature Driver Task Force is the topic of Newsmakers with Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick

       This Sunday’s Newsmakers on WBRE TV

will feature the Mature Driver Task Force. 

Newsmakers is hosted by WBRE Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and

Lead I-Team Investigator Andy Mehalshick. 

     They will have as their guests Karen Dussinger, PennDOT Press Officer, Trooper Connie Devens, of the Pennsylvania State Police, and,

Frank McKeon and Ken Evans of the Mature Driver Task Force.

          The number of mature drivers is quickly growing on our Nation’s highways.  The panel will discuss the many issues and challenges mature

drivers face on the road. 

The program will offer a lot of information for mature drivers and their families.

        Newsmakers will air on WBRE TV this Sunday January 10th at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

The program will rebroadcast on WBRE on January 17th at 5:30 a.m.   Newsmakers will air on WYOU TV on Saturday, January 16th at 6 a.m.

For more information on setting up a Mature Driver Task Force Meeting

you can call Karen Dussinger at PennDOT  963-4044


The following agencies conduct state approved classroom training

courses for mature drivers. There are no written or practical driving tests

required. The course fees are moderate, but vary with each agency:

  • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers   an 8-hour instructional program to improve the driving ability of older adults. Contact the AARP state office at 225 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101; (717) 238-2277 or via theWeb site at
  • American Automobile Association.Contact your local AAA office for availability or visit
  • National Safety Council. Call 1-800-345-9772 or (412) 856-5400
  • for more information or visit ourWeb site at
  • Seniors for Safe Driving.Call 1-800-559-4880 or visit ourWeb site at for availability.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Driver Licensing, P.O. Box 68682, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8682. Call (717) 412-5300 or toll free 1-800-932-4600 or visit





Talking with Older Drivers (A Guide for Family and Friends) -

Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual - (You can download and print specific chapters to meet your needs)

Older Driver Safety Tips -

PA Senior Citizens Non-Commercial Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration Services -

Keeping Active When I Can No Longer Drive -

Retired Status Registration Fact Sheet -

Reporting of Medical Conditions Affecting Driver Safety -

What to Expect When my Medical Condition has been Reported to PennDOT -

Physician Reporting Fact Sheet -

Application for Retired Person’s $10 Processing Fee on a Vehicle Registration -

Application for a Pennsylvania Photo ID Card -

Application for a Change/Correction/Replacement of a Photo ID Card -

Application for a Change/Correction/Replacement of a Non-Commercial Driver’s License -

Application for a Non-Driver Photo Identification Card -

Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application


Information regarding Alternative Transportation

Older Pennsylvanians are eligible for the Free Transit Program for Older Persons, where available, and the Shared Ride Program. For more information, contact your Agency on Aging, or the local Shared Ride provider. You may also contact PennDOT´s Bureau of Public Transportation at 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3151, or call (717)783-8025.

Web sites – PennDOT’s Highway Safety Web site – PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site - Mature Driver Improvement Course Information - Older Driver Safety Tips


“The Mature Driver Task Force is dedicated to the safety and mobility of older Pennsylvanians.”

·        a commitment on the part of PennDOT to ensure that mature drivers and pedestrians in Pennsylvania are safe and feel safe while traveling the state’s highways and interstates.

·        That mature drivers maintain mobility as long as safely possible and that we address their safety concerns

·        SAFE mobility and independence to maintain quality of life

coalition of organizations, advocating for the health, highway-safety and transportation interests and needs of older Pennsylvanians



Warning signs a mature driver and the mature driver’s family should look for in terms of when it may be time to either limit driving or stop driving altogether:

  • Feeling uncomfortable, nervous or fearful when driving;
  • Unexplained dents and scrapes on the car, fences, mailboxes, garage doors, etc.;
  • Frequent “close calls”
  • Getting lost;
  • Slowed response to unexpected situations;
  • easily distracted or have a hard time concentrating while driving;
  • Difficulty staying in the lane of traffic;
  • Trouble paying attention to signals, road signs and pavement markings;
  • Trouble judging gaps in traffic at intersections or highway entrance/exit ramps;



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