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Advice for older drivers
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SCORES of older drivers in Basingstoke got advice about safe driving at a workshop event.
Around 150 people attended the Older Drivers Forum event at Basingstoke Discovery Centre, in Festival Place.
The forum was founded after the death of Neil Colquhoun on the A30 near Old Basing on March 11, 2011.
The 28-year-old’s car was hit by another vehicle driven by Turner Waddell, who was 89 at the time. Waddell was going the the wrong way down a dual carriageway.
Waddell, a former GP, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, in August 2012 at Winchester Crown Court, after admitting causing death by careless driving. The court heard he had decided to drive that day despite having no sight in one eye and limited sight in the other.
Mr Colquhoun's mother, Patricia, of Harebell Close, Hartley Wintney, attended the workshop, speaking to people who came along for advice.
Visitors were also able to test their eyesight by reading a number plate from 20 metres away, received advice about keeping fit and healthy, and were able to find out about alternative methods of travel.
Sergeant Rob Heard told The Gazette that some older drivers were annoyed at first that they were the subject of the workshop.
But he added: “Everybody came away saying how pleased and happy they were that issues surrounding older drivers were identified and that they were being supported.
“They realised we were there to support them and give them all the help and advice to keep them carrying on driving safely.”
For more information about the awareness campaign, visit older|driversforum.com.
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