Could regular eye tests for drivers save lives?

6 August 2013

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Road safety charity Brake, along with DVLA and insurance company RSA, reckon that regular eye tests for drivers could cut the number of casualties on UK roads by around 3,000.

A survey of 1,000 drivers found 26% have not had an eye test in the last two years and that more than one million drivers have never had one, aside from a driving instructor asking them to read a licence plate when they were doing their lessons.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "Being able to see properly is fundamental to being a good driver. Your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing, and at the wheel that can be lethal."

This campaign comes on the back of the death of Cassie McCord who was killed in Colchester when an elderly driver mounted a pavement and hit her in February 2011. The driver had failed a police eye test, but officers were unable to persuade him to hand over his licence.

Cassie's mother Jackie told Sky News: "They spent two hours coercing him, trying to get him to surrender his licence voluntarily, but he refused. He got in the car three days later and killed Cassie."

The subsequent campaign resulted in "Cassie's Law" which now enables the police to remove someone's licence from someone within minutes, rather than the old process that took days. The upshot of this could now result in drivers needing to take some personal responsibility and get regular tests.

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TOPICS:   Motoring

4 comments

  • Captain.Cretin
    "Could regular eye tests for drivers save lives?" YES
  • fibbingarchie
    'Your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing...' Julie, stop talking shite, it's slow degradation that you don't notice. If/when measures are introduced, yet again, irresponsible, lazy fuckwits, are going to cause more bureaucracy for the sensible.
  • klingelton
    @bob I agree fully. regular driving tests would be a great way of lining the pockets of the government and creating work for the stricken DSA test centres following from the stupid laws that are making it pointless for those under 21 to take motorcycle tests and putting thousands of jobs in jeopardy.
  • Kevin
    50% Bob? Nah LOTS higher. You don't drive on the road the way you drive in a test. I'd say the vast majority would fail, even if they took their test in the last year. People who learnt to drive decades ago would fail in so many ways it would be amazing to see. I think an official requirement to pop in at a certain age, or every so often to a official centre to have an eye test is a great idea. Might be an idea to do it before you even take your test!

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