July 6, 2010
Easter Seals is now part of the Coalition for Older Roadway User Safety (CORUS), an organization that advocates for older driver and pedestrian safety initiatives.
Current members of the Coalition are the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), AARP, American Highway Users Alliance, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), and Transportation for America.
Easter Seals is a nonprofit, community-based health agency dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities attain greater independence.
“We are very excited to join CORUS and develop new partnerships that will help us continue our work to increase mobility for people with disabilities and the accessibility of our communities,” Jennifer Dexter, assistant vice president, Government Relations, at Easter Seals, said in a written statement.
CORUS supports H.R. 3355, the Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.). The bill, which currently has 38 bipartisan cosponsors, authorizes $500 million annually from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to make roadway improvements aimed at older drivers and pedestrians. Such improvements would include clearer signs, wider and brighter pavement markings, and dedicated left turn lanes, among others.
CORUS formed in 2009 to bring together industry, consumers, advocacy groups, and the disabled community to work together to make a difference for older drivers and pedestrians.