An 84-year-old woman has been given a suspended jail term after admitting causing death by careless driving in a collision near Downham.
Police have urged friends and relatives of older drivers to make sure they are safe on the roads following the case of Beryl Hughes, who was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday, December 3.
Hughes, of Sluice Road, Denver, was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to a single charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention.
She was also given a 12 month prohibited activity order and banned from driving for five years. She will have to take an extended test before she can drive again.
The court was told Hughes had been driving an Audi A3 when she was involved in a collision with a Honda Civic on the A1122 at Stradsett on February 21 this year.
The driver of the Honda, Brian Bockmaster, 80, of Mill Lane, Swaffham, died at the scene.
After the hearing, Chf Insp Chris Spinks, head of Norfolk’s roads policing unit, said: “We have a high population of older drivers and while it’s understood the rural nature of the county makes it difficult to get around without your own transport, safety has to be the priority.
“Not all older drivers will pose a danger on our roads. However, they are an area of focus along with young drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians and cyclists.
“Friends and family, as well as drivers themselves, need to take responsibility and have that conversation with a loved one, no matter how hard that might be.
“Identifying safety issues at the earliest opportunity may be able to prevent them from becoming another tragedy or statistic.”