Driving tips at Senior Safety Day

By Kelly McCarthy

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The dangers of driving under prescribed medications and staying up to date on traffic laws are some of the topics covered at Senior Safety Day.

The Broome County Older Drivers Network hosted its second annual event today at the Johnson City Senior Center.

The course gave seniors a chance to learn how to stay safe on the road and in their home.

Union Volunteer Emergency Squad helped to explain warning signs of a heart attack or stroke and when it's time to call an ambulance.

"We have people who are talking about how to be safe in your home," said Christine Muss, Traffic Coordinator at the Broome County Health Department. "How to prevent falls, which I believe are one of the highest causes of injury among elderly people."

A driving wellness checklist made sure seniors knew the rules of the road.

"We know that driving is a sense of independence," Muss said. "It's mobility for them, we're absolutely not here to take that independence away from them. We want them on the road but we want them on the road as safely as possible."

Nearly 20 seniors attended the event.

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