Drivers who are medically unfit to get behind the wheel will lose their licence in hours after 45,000 people backed a grieving mother’s bid for ‘Cassie’s Law’.
Cassie McCord, 16, was killed by Colin Horsfall, 87, who refused to surrender his licence – despite failing an on-the-spot police eye test after a crash three days before the tragedy.
Her mother, Jackie, has campaigned for two years for a law to instantly ban unfit drivers. Now police will get powers to seize licences from drivers with defective eyesight, the Department for Transport has said.
‘The fact the Department for Transport has listened to someone like me – who has no power – is just amazing,’ said Mrs McCord.
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Her daughter, who wanted to be a lawyer, was on her way to college in Colchester, Essex, when Mr Horsfall’s car mounted a kerb and killed her.
After her death in February 2011 it emerged police had already asked the DVLA to revoke his licence, but the process took days.
That will now be ‘accelerated’ so decisions can be made in hours, roads safety minister Stephen Hammond said.
Mr Horsfall, of Rowhedge, Essex, was never charged over the fatal crash as he died three months later.
By Fred Attewill Thursday 31 Jan 2013 7:11 pm
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