The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) program has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to continue their work on driving safety in older adults. This team of experts, part of UCSD's Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Research Center, has been working to keep San Diego County's highways and senior drivers safe since 2007.
"Both health care and law enforcement can play an important role in the identification and referral of drivers who may be at risk for a collision," said Linda Hill, MD, MPH, clinical professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. "Physicians have knowledge of a patient's medical history and the medications that can impact driving, while law enforcement witnesses and responds to unsafe driving first hand."
Family members of older drivers often seek guidance from these professionals in an effort to keep their loved ones safe behind the wheel. TREDS educates health care providers on the American Medical Association's screening guidelines that assess for vision, strength and cognitive impairment in adults over age 70. The focus of the law enforcement training is to increase recognition of medical conditions that can impact driving and referral resources.