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Police want mature drivers to walk off with dignity

SAFETY CALL: Senior Constable Alvyn Servin with Lockyer Valley National Seniors Carole Snell, Bob Taylor and Lorraine Chianceys.
SAFETY CALL: Senior Constable Alvyn Servin with Lockyer Valley National Seniors Carole Snell, Bob Taylor and Lorraine Chianceys. Amy Lyne

SENIOR Constable Alvyn Servin said the worst part of his job is speaking to the families of someone who has died as the result of an accident.

As a forensic crash worker since 1996, Sen Cons Servin is constantly confronted with scenes of tragedy.

It is because of this role that he is trying to get the message of road safety across to the community, in particular mature drivers.

The Toowoomba officer travelled to Gatton last week for a road safety presentation to about 70 mature drivers.

"The attendees are all good drivers, but I want them to consider their driving career and end on a positive note," he said.

"It is a hard thing to give up your licence, but what if you hurt someone?"

Sen Cons Servin said he had a passion for preventing crashes and that mature drivers were getting a bit of a bad reputation.

He said experts attributed fatal crashes for mature drivers to inattention.

"I disagree; they say that because they don't know how to categorise what has happened," he said.

He used an example of a mature driver who died as a result of turning in front of an oncoming truck.

"Why did they turn in front of a truck that they could clearly see," he said.

"As we get older, does our brain have more or less control of us? Interesting concept, I don't know the answer."

Sen Cons Servin questioned whether a mature driver's brain was so attuned to their driving that whether it is safe or not, they have made a decision to turn, so they are going to do it.

He said mature drivers should know when their driving career should finish and that decision was a sign of intelligence.

"I want them to end on a good positive note," the officer said.

 

Facts for Mature Drivers

  • In Queensland drivers over 70 make up 8.8% of the driving population
  • In 2013 11% of fatalities in the Darling Downs were mature drivers
  • People over 75 need a current medical certificate to drive
  • Medical certificates last one year
  • Drivers must carry the certificate at all times
  • Prior to surrendering a licence, mature drivers should get an 18+ card

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