Essex: Senior cop urges re-think on whether elderly can still drive (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Essex: Senior cop urges re-think on whether elderly can still drive
9:55am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
A senior police collision investigator has called on elderly drivers to consider whether they are still fit to drive safely following a court case in which a man admitted causing a motorcyclist’s death by careless driving.
Inspector Keith Whiting was speaking after the prosecution of 83-year-old Donald Lambert following a fatal crash at Colchester.
A District Judge sitting at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday September 11 heard that motorcyclist Dean Sadler died after his bike was involved in a collision with Lambert’s Peugeot 207 at the Ardleigh interchange roundabout, Colchester on April 1 2012.
Mr Sadler, 33, of Waltham Close, Ipswich was certified dead at the scene.
Lambert, of Ramsey, Essex, was uninjured.
The judge ordered Lambert to carry out 100 hours of community work, disqualified him from driving for 18 months, ordered that he would have to take an extended re-test at the end of his ban and also told him to pay £85 costs.
Insp Whiting, head of the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Whenever you drive on the road you should take the utmost care at all times and observe the rules of the road as the slightest mistake can result in the loss of a life.
"This case highlights the issues of elderly drivers once again, and their ability to drive safely. I hope elderly drivers and their families discuss whether it is time to stop driving, and not wait until they are involved in similar circumstances.
"Our thoughts remain with Dean's family, his young son and his partner. Dean's family have worked with us throughout the investigation.
"I'm sure this sentence will give them little comfort. There is no sentence that could put things right for them, they will continue to live with the loss of someone who has played a special part in their lives.”