Harriet Harman highlights case of a shocking car accident and asks: Should Elderly drivers take mandatory ‘Fit to Drive’ tests?

1 September 2017
Source: Southwark News

In 2012 Desreen Brooks was walking in Hampstead with her husband Ben Brooks-Dutton and her two-year- old son Jackson when a driver mounted the pavement and killed her.

The driver, aged 82, had mistaken the accelerator for the brake and was driving at 54mph in a 20mph zone.

He was convicted of causing Desreen’s death by dangerous driving and in sentencing him the judge said “an elderly driver who knows, or should acknowledge, that he or she is losing his or her faculties is no less a danger than a drunken driver who knows the same.”

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