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#1 07-10-11 20:09:03

MAZ
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Pensioner led police on 27 mile chase at 10mph

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#2 07-10-11 22:43:57

MAZ
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Re: Pensioner led police on 27 mile chase at 10mph

This unfortunate lady is a victim of a system that is failing older drivers and will go on to do so until something is done.

We are told that we will all be living longer than ever, and that means driving longer, over the last 5 – 10 years I have noticed the driver sitting next to me at the traffic lights is getting older and older.

I listened to an interview with this lady on the Jeremy Vine Show today, she is very articulate, sharp and justifiably angry that she had the indignity of having to spend the night in a police cell.

Is this the way that WE will find out on which day we should hang up our car keys?

As we get older our reactions, judgement, eyesight and hearing will deteriorate so gradually that we will not notice.

This lady could have been my mother or yours, what can be done to prevent these situations occurring?

Maz.

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#3 08-10-11 06:16:00

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Re: Pensioner led police on 27 mile chase at 10mph

Why did the police allow her to drive for 27 miles? If anyone else refused to stop for a marked police car then they would be made to stop much sooner than this, 27 miles at 10 to 20mph is going to take around an hour!

I have advised a number of drivers to hang up the driving gloves due to age or health issues. One such gentleman would stop and give way to everything he encountered even when he plainly had priority and his speed or lack of it caused other drivers to take undue risks to get past. He had never sat a test, so you can work out his age! He had no idea how to use a roundabout.

The problem with the system as it stands is the onus is on the driver to decide when to stop driving, rather than the DVLA, qualified assessors or doctors.

The current medical declaration should be supplemented by a driving assessment. Pilots have to do an annual proficiency test to ensure they are safe to fly, the same should apply to drivers (of all ages).


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#4 08-10-11 07:15:09

Hilary Hughes
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Re: Pensioner led police on 27 mile chase at 10mph

Why did the police allow her to drive for 27 miles? If anyone else refused to stop for a marked police car then they would be made to stop much sooner than this, 27 miles at 10 to 20mph is going to take around an hour!

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Six of one and half a dozen of the other. If the police/public have this sort of time to waste, send them to me for something to do.

Hilary


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#5 19-02-13 22:45:40

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Re: Pensioner led police on 27 mile chase at 10mph

Sorry to pull up an old thread but I would have thought the use of a stinger would have been a reasonable solution to a speedy conclusion and what are tazers for give her a quick zap with 50,000volts and I bet she would not do this again


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