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A COMPENDIUM OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OLDER DRIVER PROGRAMS

 

 

 

Index
Introduction
Alabama
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Ontario, Canada
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Wisconsin
Other Resources

MISSOURI


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has a wide variety of older driver programs. The department's public information office has at least one trooper assigned to all 12 statewide patrol troops. Lieutenant Tim Hull supervises the unit. In a program titled, "Senior Drivers," troopers regularly speak to senior citizens groups on topics such as occupant safety, child passenger safety, defensive driving, and winter driving hazards. The Missouri AAA office provides the troopers a video about older driver issues that is shown during class. A pamphlet published by the patrol, "Security Tips for Seniors," addresses what to do when involved in a collision.

The State Highway Patrol has provided in-service training to troopers on how to recognize and interact with people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Cultural diversity training, which includes senior citizens, is also offered during the in-service course.

Patrol Commanders review collision statistics and allocate personnel to areas where high volumes of collisions occur. This review is broken down into times of day, days of the week, causes of the collision, and driver's age. When troopers contact drivers whose capabilities to drive have been reduced through medical conditions or age-related illnesses, they refer them to the State Department of Revenue for driver's license re-examination.

Sergeant Terry St. Clair assisted the Maryville University Occupational Therapy Program with an older driver video production titled, Partners For Safe Driving: A Guide For Law Enforcement and Licensing Agency Professionals. Sergeant St. Clair provided commentary on officer empathy for the older driver, referrals, common driver errors, cues to watch for during traffic enforcement, interaction with the older driver, and enforcement issues.

Contact:

Lieutenant Tim Hull
Missouri State Highway Patrol
P.O. Box 568
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Web site: www.dps.state.mo.us/
Phone: (573) 526-6266
Fax: (573) 526-6383
E-mail: mshppied@mail.state.mo.us