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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: May 27, 2004

NJDOT announces partnership with AARP to offer driver safety classes to seniors
Driver education, Lower insurance rates for seniors

(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation will partner with AARP, the nation's foremost organization dedicated to addressing the needs of persons 50 and over, to provide driver safety instruction, announced NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere.   The Driver Safety program is the nation's first and largest classroom driver improvement course designed especially for motorists age 50 and older.

"Safety is Governor McGreevey's top priority," said Commissioner Lettiere. "This driver safety course will allow seniors to stay active and independent.   It is wise for all New Jersey motorists, regardless of their age, to take some form of continuing driver education and training to ensure a safe ride."

Classes are open to all motorists age 50 and over at the New Jersey Department of Transportation headquarters at 1035 Parkway Avenue in Ewing Township.   Two separate sessions will be conducted on June 15 th and 17th and June 22nd and 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Membership in AARP is not required, but students must pre-register.   Cost is $10 payable to AARP.

Upon completion of the course, students receive a Certificate of Completion entitling them to a 5% discount on automobile insurance for three years.   To remain eligible for this discount, students must repeat the course every three years.   Also, two points will be deducted from their Motor Vehicle record, if applicable.

"This is a common-sense partnership that will save lives and also save money by helping will also help drivers 50 and over save money on their auto insurance," said Lettiere.  

The course will provide practical techniques to compensate for changes associated with aging as part of a thorough review of the 'rules of the road', with an emphasis on defensive driving practices. The eight-hour course will be taught in two four-hour sessions.    There are no tests.  

Since the program's inception in 1979, over 8 million people have completed the course. In the last 3 years, over 2 million people have participated in over 100,000 classes. That represents about 3 percent of all eligible drivers age 50 or over.

For more course information contact Nancy Ciaruffoli at 609-530-6456 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation or visit the AARP website: www.aarp.org/drive .

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