L-R: Bervin Elliott, Virginia State Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety Program; Lynne McMullen, Manager, Senior Center of York; Bettie Bennett, AARP Driver Safety Instructor, Newport News; Neil Morgan, Administrator, York County. Photo by Lori Lasley, Staff Support Assistant, County of York, Department of Community Services

L-R: Bervin Elliott, Virginia State Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety Program; Lynne McMullen, Manager, Senior Center of York; Bettie Bennett, AARP Driver Safety Instructor, Newport News; Neil Morgan, Administrator, York County. Photo by Lori Lasley, Staff Support Assistant, County of York, Department of Community Services

Local organization receives award for offering driving refresher courses in 2014

YORK COUNTY, VA — From more than 18,000 organizations nationwide, AARP Driver Safety recently recognized the Senior Center of York with the “Top 100 Host” Award for its outstanding support in 2014. The Senior Center of York supports AARP Driver Safety by collaborating with local volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers age 50 and older stay safe and confident behind the wheel.

 

“AARP Driver Safety plays a critical role in educating drivers and helping them maintain their safety and independence,” said Bob Blancato, AARP Virginia State President. “The initiative would not be so successful without the support of our host organizations, who generously dedicate staff time, resources and facility space to serving older Americans.”

 

Nationwide, AARP Driver Safety volunteers work with more than 18,000 local community organizations to offer more than 30,000 AARP Driver Safety courses each year. Collectively, the top 100 of these 18,000 hosts held 2,000 courses and reached more than 43,000 participants last year.

 

AARP Driver Safety’s Top 100 Hosts are recognized based on the following criteria. Of the thousands of organizations that held a course last year, the top 75 hosts that reached the largest number of participants were selected. From the remaining organizations, the next 25 hosts that held the highest number of courses were selected. Using these criteria allowed AARP Driver Safety to recognize hosts that are tremendously supportive, but may not be located in as densely populated areas.

 

The Senior Center of York continues to offer AARP Driver Safety events. The course is open to drivers of all ages, and AARP membership is not required to take the course. The program also is seeking volunteer instructors and host locations in Virginia.  For more information, visit www.aarp.org/drive.

 

ABOUT AARP DRIVER SAFETY

AARP Driver Safety first launched in 1979 as the “55 Alive” program to help to keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road. Today, AARP Driver Safety continues to meet the needs of older drivers through leading educational programs that include the AARP Smart Driver Course, CarFit, We Need to Talk, and the Driving Resource Center. The flagship AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Over 15 million participants have gone through AARP Driver Safety classroom and online courses, taught by more than 4,000 AARP Driver Safety volunteers. The courses are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. To learn more visit www.aarp.org/drive or follow us @AARPdsp.

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