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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Driver safety program offered to seniors

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  • WAYNE COUNTY - The Wayne County Office on Aging is sponsoring the AARP Driver Safety Program, formerly known as “Smart Driver.” There will be several eight hour sessions, taught by a volunteer instructor, is given in a two day period in two, four hour sessions.
    If you haven’t taken the course in the last three years. You must take the eight hour session. Those completing the course will be given a certificate which is valid for three years.  Attendance at both class days is required for certification.
    There will also be a four hour classroom refresher course that is designed for drivers 50 and older.  AARP offers these courses each year, which results in automobile insurance company discounts to qualifying policy holders 55 years or older who successfully complete the course. There are no tests, and membership in AARP is not required. All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania are mandated by state law to give a minimum discount of 5% to all qualified policy holders who complete the course.
    To qualify for the four hour class, evidence must be provided with pre- registration or at class registration that you have previously taken one of the classes within the last 36 months (three years). Such evidence could be a copy of your Course Completion Certificate from the previous course or a copy of your auto insurance policy that indicates you are currently receiving a discount for Defensive (safe) Driving.
    The class is taught by volunteer instructors. The non-refundable fee is $20.00 ($15.00 for AARP members) per person, paid in advance when registering for any class. All AARP members, please bring your membership card to class.  Payment is made by check or money order payable to AARP. Class size is limited, so advance reservations are required to assure placement in the class. Those completing the course will be given a certificate which is valid for three years. Remember to bring your drivers’ license and a pen to class. Call the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262 to make a reservation and get directions to one of the classes listed below or if you have any questions regarding these classes.
    Lunch is served at noon daily at each of the senior centers. Those individuals who are interested in eating lunch at a center are asked to call at least one day before the date of the program to make their reservation. Any individual over the age of 60 may reserve a lunch and contribute to the cost of the meal on a donation basis. If you are under the age of 60, the cost of the meal is $7.10. An A-la-carte menu is also available from 11 to 1 p.m. Please visit their website for more information about the many services offered: Http://aging.co.wayne.pa.us.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Eight hour sessions (all Thursday & Fridays 12-4 p.m.)
    Honesdale: May 15 & 16; July 24 & 25
    Hawley: May 29 & 30; August 21 & 22
    Hamlin: September 18 & 19
    • Honesdale Senior Center-  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., four hour class April 24, 2014         
    June 19, 2014 September 19, 2014
    • Hamlin Senior Center – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. four hour class
    October 24, 2014
    • Hawley Senior Center 1 – 5 p.m. four hour class
    April 16, 2014
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