Chief Laird Accepts New Role as Driver Safety Coordinator in Idaho

Posted on 12/17/20

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AARP Idaho is pleased to welcome Allan Laird of Caldwell, as the new state coordinator of the Driver Safety Program in Idaho. As state coordinator, Laird will organize and oversee all of the volunteer driver safety instructors who teach courses in cities and towns across the Gem State.

Laird is currently the Director of Campus Safety at The College of Idaho where he has held this position for the past 22 years during which time he has developed a community-based campus law enforcement department that is looked up to by other agencies in the Northwest for assistance and training.

Chief Laird is also active in community functions, has served for the past thirteen years on the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators’ (WACLEA) board of trustees holding offices from President to currently serving as Treasurer, served on the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Board of Regents where he was Chair. Currently he is serving as Chairman on the Canyon County Fair Board and sits on the board of trustees for The Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence, Inc. Laird has also been awarded Supervisor of the Year by the Caldwell Police Department, and Administrator of the year by WACLEA.

In addition to the classroom, the Driver Safety course is also offered online, which makes it more accessible and appealing to the active and busy lifestyles of today’s course participants. It is also recognized as an approved accident prevention course for all drivers by the Idaho Transportation Department. By enrolling in this course, drivers of all ages may receive a three-point reduction from their driving record every three years or insured drivers age 55 and older may be eligible for an appropriate reduction in automobile insurance premium charges after completing this course.

AARP’s Driver Safety Program was created in 1979 to help older drivers adjust to age-related and cognitive physical changes. Generally, older drivers have problems in driving situations that require quick responses, full vision and interaction with other drivers. The program teaches participants how to adjust their driving in response to these changes.

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