Lack of responsibility

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Lack of responsibility

Postby holy vehm » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:45 am

It is often claimed that to drive without a permit/mot/insurance is irresponsible, yet it matters not what piece of paper you may have, it comes down to individual responsibility. The state and its rules also have a responsibility, if within their rules certain conditions exist regards ability to drive with due care and attention, then why did the officer involved here not do more.

The old man in this article was clearly irresponsible, drove despite knowing he had impaired ability and caused a significant danger to the public.
The police officer in this article had the authority invested in him to ensure this man did not drive until proven he was safe and able to do so.

All in all, an awful and avoidable incident which has resulted in the death of a young girl with all to live for.

The old man can never apologise but the police certainly should and this officer held to account.

The shocking moment pensioner drove onto pavement just seconds before killing schoolgirl, 16... three days after failing eye test and refusing to surrender his licenceColin Horsfall, 87, had been stopped after a minor accident but did not give up his licence
Three days later he killed Cassie McCord when he veered off the road

CCTV shows him moments earlier clipping a building after driving on the pavement

A teenage girl was mown down by an elderly motorist days after he refused to surrender his driving licence to police despite failing an eyesight test.
Cassie McCord, 16, was on her way to college when 87-year-old Colin Horsfall’s car ploughed into her.
CCTV images showed how Horsfall’s red Vauxhall Astra veered on to the pavement and narrowly missed two pedestrians before regaining the road, then mounting the pavement again a few yards further on, hitting Cassie.
She died from severe head injuries the next day and Horsfall, a bachelor, died three months later, having never recovered from injuries he sustained in the crash.
The tragedy happened in Colchester three days after the pensioner drove into trees when he missed the entrance to a petrol station.
Police discovered he could not read a car registration from 20 metres – the legal minimum.
They advised him not to drive while his details were sent to the DVLA but were not able to seize his licence.
A coroner yesterday recorded that Cassie was unlawfully killed and Horsfall’s death was an accident.
The hearing in Chelmsford was told that police were called to a Tesco petrol station in Highwoods, Colchester, on February 4 last year after Horsfall’s first accident.
PC Daniel Bellingham did an on-the-spot eye test which revealed he could see only 16.2 metres – about 53ft.

The officer drove him home to nearby Rowhedge and spent two hours trying to convince him not to drive again while he submitted details to the DVLA. He said: ‘Mr Horsfall asked if he was permitted to drive. I told him he would be better off not doing so but he asked me again directly if he was allowed.’

Horsfall drove into Colchester town centre on a shopping trip on the morning of February 7.

Witness Adam Hart, who works in a bookshop, was being dropped off by his wife. He said: ‘A red Vauxhall Astra mounted the pavement. It went back on to the road then went back on to the pavement and collided with two girls.’
Mr Hart said his wife had thought it must have been a fugitive being pursued.

‘The car seemed to be going incredibly fast, especially considering it was on the pavement. I didn’t see any brake lights.’

Cassie, who was studying five AS levels at Colchester Sixth Form College and hoped to become a lawyer, was pinned against a shop front.
The teenager, who lived with her mother Jackie and brother Sam, 20, was taken to hospital where her life-support machine was switched off the next day.
Horsfall, a retired shipwright, died on May 13, having never recovered from the injuries he sustained in the crash, which a police investigator put down to ‘unintended acceleration’.
Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said: ‘The manner of his driving was extremely reckless.’
Horsfall had no family members at the inquest and his brother Terry, 74, declined to comment.
Mrs McCord, a job centre manager, said the family were still trying to come to terms with their loss, adding: ‘Cassie was a much-loved, vibrant, bubbly girl.’
She used the hearing to call for support for a campaign she has launched, supported by police and her local MP, for the law to be changed so that police can seize the car of someone unfit to drive. She has already collected 10,000 signatures.
‘Colin Horsfall was a selfish man,’ she said. ‘He knew he was unfit to drive but that didn’t stop him. I feel as frustrated as the police that they were not able to hold on to his licence.

If they had been able to, Cassie would be alive today.’
Sergeant Kevin May, of Essex Police’s serious collision investigation unit, added: ‘I totally support Cassie’s Law.

We can seize the car if there’s someone driving without insurance. Why can’t we do so for someone who is unfit to drive?’
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said police already have the power to arrest any driver who poses a threat to himself or others and cases can be fast-tracked to courts which can withdraw licences.
But he admitted: ‘There is scope for the existing legislation and systems to offer more protection.’
"A ruler who violates the law is illegitimate. He has no right to be obeyed. His commands are mere force and coercion. Rulers who act lawlessly, whose laws are unlawful, are mere criminals".
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