The Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS) is a collaborative project of the Roadway Safety Foundation and two leading information technology developers, Syneren Technologies and Bonzzu. Support is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
ChORUS serves as a centralized, user-friendly source of information on highway safety for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Built as a comprehensive resource, it covers all three major components of highway safety: safe roadways, safe road users, and safe vehicles.
Subject Matter Expert, Kim Snook
Kim Snook was involved as a State representative on the first ChORUS committee when the site was just getting underway. She is now the subject matter expert for all of the site’s content and works in a contracted position with Syneren Technologies.
With her deep knowledge of all types of drivers licensing and senior driver issues, it made sense to involve Kim in the early stages of the website’s development. Her home state of Iowa is one of the most active states when it comes to sharing road safety information other organizations, and it has a high older driver population. After 36 years of service, Kim recently retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation where she served as Director of Driver Services for nine years. Before that she was a manager and did a lot work with young and old drivers, as well as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) where she was Chair of the Medical Guidelines Review Committee.
Road Safety Resources
“When I was the Director for Iowa’s DOT, I always found it difficult to find information on highway safety for older drivers, so I became very interested in and excited about the ChORUS website,” says Kim. “Now, when I give presentations to other states about the website and how they can use it as a resource, I encourage them to invite law enforcement representatives, public health physicians and caregivers, engineers and city planners, as well as State DMV’s and traffic and safety officials.”
The website is also a comprehensive resource of free training materials for front line DMV’s or their law enforcement agencies. Even if you need to find simple information on knowing what to ask a driver who seems lost and confused out on the highway, you can find it on ChORUS.
“… if you plan to take the keys away from somebody, whether you’re a State DMV official, doctor, caregiver, or family member, you should know your options to be able to present a backup plan.”
ChORUS has resources on a variety of topics that everyone dealing with senior drivers should be aware of. Doctors, for example, have somewhere to go to find out if their state offers a license restricted to driving within a one mile radius from a person’s home. The license of an older person doesn’t need to be completely revoked if their doctor feels they are capable of driving short distances, and knowing what licenses are available could allow an older person to drive themselves to their church, grocery store, or post office.
Kim says it’s her mission to keep people driving as long as they’re safely able to do so, no matter what age. She believes that we all need to do a better job and be more closely involved with older drivers, and ChORUS is a great resource that shares the most current highway safety information with everyone. “The goal is to keep people driving as long as they are safe,” says Kim. “But if you plan to take the keys away from somebody, whether you’re a State DMV official, doctor, caregiver, or family member, you should know your options to be able to present a backup plan.”