A leading road safety charity has today backed calls for tighter controls on elderly drivers after an 85-year-old admitted causing a motorcyclist’s death on the A17 near Terrington St Clement.
Raymond Crome was fined and banned from driving after he admitted causing the death of Steven Moulton by driving without due care and attention in a court hearing on Friday.
Following the hearing, Mr Moulton’s family called for elderly drivers to face regular testing to ensure they are safe to be on the roads.
And road safety charity Brake has now given its support to the family’s appeal.
Campaigns officer Ed Morrow said: “Statistically, drivers over the age of 60 are no more likely to be involved in crashes than other drivers, and they are less likely to take risks like speeding or driving distracted.
“However, we do know that drivers over 80 are proportionately involved in more crashes than other drivers, as deteriorating fitness, including eyesight and reaction times, starts to have a significant adverse effect that outweighs their greater experience and caution.
“This is set to become a more pressing problem in coming decades as our population gets older.
“We have long called for compulsory professional eyesight tests every time drivers renew their licence – which is every three years over the age of 70.
“Licence renewal also provides an opportunity to ensure drivers with other medical problems which may make them unsafe to drive are not allowed back on the road.
“The government needs to look at how this can be more rigorously enforced, rather than simply expecting drivers to self-certify that they are fit to drive.”
In a statement issued after the hearing, Mr Moulton’s family said: “We are concerned about the current powers in place for monitoring the standards of older drivers in the UK.
“We would like to see some regular testing to ensure driving standards are maintained to keep the roads as safe as possible for all road users.”