OLDER drivers have been given help to carry on driving for longer by Dorset Police.

Dorset Police said that older drivers are among the safest on the road - but that as people get older their reactions can be less swift and eyesight can change.

A series of meetings were held to listen to concerns and give safety advice - attended by PCC Martyn Underhill - who went along as a resident on a mobility scooter following a leg operation.

The sessions took place across Dorset including Weymouth and Dorchester.

Event organiser PC Heidi Moxam, road casualty reduction officer, said: “I was very impressed with the turn out.

"Drivers appreciated the opportunity to ask questions or check on driving habits in a relaxed and friendly environment. We definitely took away from the meetings the fact that drivers loved the opportunity to talk to other drivers of a similar age.”

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I recently needed to use a mobility scooter following a leg operation, and so attended one of the Older Drivers Forum events to make sure I knew how to use it safely.

“Whether you use a car, motorbike or mobility scooter, I would encourage any older motorists to come along to any future events.”

For information visit www.olderdriversforum.com