Driving safety class for drivers age 50 and older

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JEFFERSON CITY - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) attempted to keep Missouri roads safer with a driver safety course Thursday.

The class, designed mainly for drivers age 50 and older, refreshed drivers on the rules of the road. Also, it gave some tips to help deal with common age-related changes in hearing, vision and reaction time. 

One good thing for drivers, despite an increased number of older drivers the amount of crashes for those drivers is down. 

Still, an average of 500 older adults are injured in car crashes every day according to the CDC. In 2009, there were 33 million licensed older drivers. That was a 23 percent increase from 1999.

Boone County has nearly 43,000 licensed drivers 50 and older representing roughly 42 percent of all Boone County drivers. 

Callaway County has about 14,000 licensed drivers 50 and older representing about 45 percent of all Callaway County drivers.

The driving course is offered across the nation. 

The class is in Jefferson City at the Capital Region Southwest Campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's $15 for AARP members and $20 for non members. 

Capital Region Home Health sponsored the class.

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