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Safer travel for older road users

Safer travel for older road users is the focus of a special event next week.

All are invited to Middlesbrough Sports Village on Tuesday (October 1) to find out about safety and independence while travelling.

The STAGE (Safer Travel with Age) event is aimed at all road users whether walking, riding, driving or even thinking of changing the way they get around.

The market place-style drop-in session - taking place on National Older People's Day - will be a goldmine of useful information and advice.

Older drivers can have a free 20-minute practical driving assessment with an approved driving instructor. 

The confidential session will highlight any safety issues and look at how they can be addressed and improved.

There will be displays from road safety professionals, as well as information and advice from local services including Age UK, Teesside Driving Instructors Association, Boots, Middlesbrough Environment City, Mobility Scooters, public transport providers, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police, Kwik Fit and many more.

Guest speakers at the event - hosted by the Cleveland Strategic Road Safety Partnership event - will include Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Graham.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "Being able to get out and about and travel safely in older age is vital for people's physical and mental wellbeing.

"But as we get older it's perfectly normal for our transport habits to change, perhaps for health reasons or the increasing challenges of our busy roads.

"While older road users are not currently a big problem, the number of over 70s killed or seriously injured on the region's roads has increased in recent years.

"The STAGE Senior Road Users event is an opportunity to explore alternatives, and get invaluable advice and guidance."