The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have four traffic safety programs
specific to older drivers. The following is a list and description of
- Drive Wise is a 1 hour, 30 minute comprehensive education
and awareness presentation, which is delivered to older drivers by
OPP officers. The course serves as a refresher and reminder of current
rules, trends, and safety tips. Issues related to testing, health/medication,
techniques, automatic breaking systems, air bags, and child safety
seats are addressed during the class. The Canadian Association of Retired
Persons (CARP) and Road Watch support the program.
- Fatigue Drivers (Seniors). The OPP provides
this program to all age groups, including older drivers. The OPP
breaks this program down into high-risk group education programs, "driver reviver" stations
(free refreshment stations at rest stops), and public education programs
through the media.
- Traveling Alone-Winter (Seniors adaptation).
- Winter Driving for Seniors. These two presentations,
40 minutes in length, by OPP Officers prepare older drivers for the
harsh winter driving conditions in Canada.
Sergeant Angie McCollum
Ontario Provincial Police
777 Memorial Avenue
Orillia, Ontario L3V 7V3 Canada
Web site: www.gov.on.ca/opp/
Phone: (705) 329-7580
Fax: (705) 329-7596