February 15, 2007

BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation expands Mature Drivers Program

Burnaby/Oak Bay, BC – The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation will expand their Living Well, Driving Well mature drivers workshop program into more BC communities thanks to $75,000 in new provincial funding from the Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors’ Issues. Minister Ida Chong made the announcement during a mature driver’s workshop luncheon held in her home riding of Oak Bay near Victoria last week.

More than 3,000 seniors in 24 B.C. communities have gone through the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation’s mature drivers workshops since April 2005. The $75,000 funding will help to expand this free program and reach more mature drivers around the province.

The Living Well, Driving Well mature drivers workshop is an award winning program designed to empower seniors that have a desire and ability to adapt to change help each other assess their own driving skills, habits and knowledge while getting tips and strategies to improve their driving.

The BC Medical Association awarded the Living Well, Driving Well program their 2006 Excellence in Health Promotion Award in recognition of the way the program promotes self-awareness and achieves results that protect the population as a whole.

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