Safety Tips

Mature Drivers Program

The Middleton Police in conjunction with the Middleton Senior Center and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is proud to present the "Mature Drivers Program." The goals of this program are as follows:
  • The importance of this Program is to help the participants.
  • Understand the effects of aging on driving.
  • Learn driving strategies that take into account the effects of aging.
  • Think about how they drive and identify when driving may no longer be safe.


Reaction times and medical conditions can affect the Heart, eyes, muscles, and the brain along with medications used to treat these symptoms all can affect fitness to drive.
Some issues that this course will cover are:
  • How will the older person react to questions about his or her driving?
  • When is it a good time to begin talking about driving?
  • What Circumstances create opportunities for conversations about driving restrictions?
  • How do I prepare for serious conversations about limiting or stopping driving?
  • How can I encourage an older adult to plan for and use alternative transportation?
  • What if an older driver doesn't realize that his or her driving is a serious problem?
  • Is there a test that can determine if someone is a safe driver?
  • What if the driver has dementia?
  • What if a high risk driver refuses to stop driving?

Safe Driver Checklist

  • Do yo have difficulty seeing clearly in the dusk and dark?
  • Do headlights from other vehicles obstruct your sight?
  • Are you easily intimidated by passing vehicles including trucks and motorcycles?
  • Do you have difficulty following construction detours or seeing police officer on detail near construction zones?
  • Do you have difficulty seeing train crossing signals or hearing train whistles?
  • Do you have difficulty keeping up with the posted speed limit?
  • Do you get drowsy behind the wheel or have difficulty concentrating?
  • Do you often get lost on once familiar roads?
  • Do you forget the basics, such as putting on your headlights and wearing a seat belt?
  • Are you unsure of your parking skills? Can you parallel park and park in a straight line?
  • Are you unsure of your reflexes and reaction time? Is it difficult to react quickly in certain situations, e.g. braking to avoid a collision?
  • Have your family, friends, or even police officers told you that you aren't a safe driver?
If you find yourself answering yes to many of these questions, you may want to consider driving less, or not driving at all. Drivers who voluntarily surrender their licenses are eligible for a free Massachusetts I.D. For more information, contact the Registry of M/V at 617-351-4500 or 800-858-3926.

If you have any further questions please contact Chief James DiGianvittorio at 978-774-4424.

At Home / Apartment

  • Never let strangers inside your residents.
  • Keep your garage doors closed to prevent thefts.
  • When going out for the evening, turn on lights, a radio or television to make your home or apartment appear occupied.
  • If you plan to be away for a few days, invest in an automatic timer for lights.
  • Don't leave tell tale signs that you are away.
  • Have a trusted neighbor watch your home and pick up your mail and newspapers.
  • Ask them to park one of their motor vehicles in your driveway.
  • Install good locks and always use them.
  • Immediately after the holidays, mark all your new purchases and gifts with your drivers' license number. You can borrow an engraver from the Middleton Police Department free of charge.


  • Avoid shopping alone. Use the buddy system whenever possible.
  • Shop before dark and always park in well lit areas.
  • Use waist-pack carriers instead of purses.
  • Do not keep packages in plain view in your vehicle and home.
  • Do not count cash in open areas, especially after leaving an ATM machine.
  • Keep your address and home phone numbers private. When stores request a phone
  • number only give them your work number or tell them you have a private listing.
  • After making a credit card purchase, request the carbon copy and destroy it in
  • private
  • Have keys in hand before returning to your vehicle.
  • As you approach the car, check to see if anyone is hiding underneath or inside.
  • Walk in only well lit areas.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the nearest public place (gas station, all-night restaurant etc.) and blow your horn.

On the Computer

  • Shop only from well established and reputable companies. Avoid auction sites if you do not feel comfortable buying and bidding.
  • Before you give your credit card information, take note of the icons that indicate that security software is in place to secure your purchase.
  • Print out and date copy of all terms, conditions, warranties, item descriptions, company information and confirming emails. Save this information as a record of your purchase.
  • Avoid computer viruses and unwanted access to your information by not accepting email from people you do not know.
For more information Contact the Middleton Police at 978-774-4424. Remain alert and report suspicious activity, no matter how small.