Cassie's Law helps to seize licence from driver, 81

Essex County Standard: Cassie's Law helps to seize licence from driver, 81 Cassie's Law helps to seize licence from driver, 81

A PENSIONER who failed an eyesight test has had his driving licence seized under Cassie’s Law.

The man, 81, was driving a Citroen C5 when he struck a cyclist who was then hospitalised for eight days with head and ankle injuries.

An Essex Police spokesman said the driver was unhurt, but failed an eyesight test.

Officers contacted the DVLA and his licence was revoked.

The spokesman said: “The test requires drivers to read a standard number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres.

“It is a road traffic offence to be unable to read a number plate in good daylight from this distance.”

Cassie’s Law was introduced after a campaign, led by Jackie McCord and supported by the Gazette, called for a change in the law following the death of Jackie’s daughter Cassie.

The 16-year-old Colchester Sixth Form College student was standing on the pavement in Head Street, Colchester, in February 2011 when a car driven by Colin Horsfall ploughed into her.

Cassie suffered fatal injuries and died the following day.

Three days earlier, Mr Horsfall, 87, drove into the exit of Tesco’s petrol station in Highwoods, Colchester. Police were called and gave Mr Horsfall a sight test, which he failed. However, they had no powers to seize his licence and he ignored their requests for him not to drive again.

While the application to revoke his licence was processed, Mr Horsfall drove again and that is when he killed Cassie.

The campaign saw 46,000 names collected on a petition calling for police to be given the power to immediately revoke a driver’s licence when they were considered unfit to drive and it would then be down to the DVLA to either revoke or return the licence.

The petition was presented to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond who agreed to set up a hotline for police to get an immediate response from the DVLA.

Anyone with information about the crash in Burnham Road, Althorne, near Maldon, on January 2 at about 4.45pm can contact PC Mel Warren on 101.

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4:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I can think of 17,000 fixed penalty ticket holders that require their driving licences removed,
after failing to observe huge great white lines in the borough high street

"""Called Bus Lanes"""

That would be a lot of cars off the road.

Just think the casualty rates night drop, public transport may reduce its prices as there will loads more people having to use its services.
I can think of 17,000 fixed penalty ticket holders that require their driving licences removed, after failing to observe huge great white lines in the borough high street """Called Bus Lanes""" That would be a lot of cars off the road. Just think the casualty rates night drop, public transport may reduce its prices as there will loads more people having to use its services. A Very Private Gentleman

9:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

hughie-s says...

What about the

".... huge great white lines in the borough head street
"""Called Bus Lanes"""

that were no such thing?
What about the ".... huge great white lines in the borough head street """Called Bus Lanes""" that were no such thing? hughie-s

8:44am Mon 20 Jan 14

jammin says...

Have some respect gents. This is not about the poxy box lanes that trouble your life, this is reporting something positive from the tragedy of 2011.

There's a time and a place for your persistent moanings, this isn't it.
Have some respect gents. This is not about the poxy box lanes that trouble your life, this is reporting something positive from the tragedy of 2011. There's a time and a place for your persistent moanings, this isn't it. jammin

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