Gran who drove along rail track in Brockenhurst gives up licence

Daily Echo: Gran who drove along rail track gives up licence Gran who drove along rail track gives up licence

A PENSIONER who drove her car along a high-speed rail line has escaped prosecution after giving up her driving licence.

The 85-year-old was giving her grandson a lift to Brockenhurst station when she took a wrong turn and ended up on the track.

Instead of stopping or reversing back on to the road she carried on for about 80 yards – narrowly avoiding the live rail.

As reported in the Daily Echo, her silver-coloured Renault Clio came to rest on a set of points at the end of platform two, halting trains for almost two hours.

The pensioner, who lives in the New Milton area, was later reported for careless driving.

But British Transport Police (BTP) have dropped the case – largely as a result of her decision to quit driving.

A BTP spokesman said: “Given the woman’s age, and the fact that she’s surrendered her licence, officers are taking no further action.”

The incident occurred shortly after the morning rush-hour on January 26.

The pensioner was halfway across a level crossing when she veered left, apparently mistaking the line for the entrance to the station car park.

The car was removed by a crane after she and her 20-yearold grandson were rescued and checked by paramedics.

A similar incident happened at the same spot in 1997, when a 46-year-old woman drove 15 yards up the track.

Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber, who represents Brockenhurst, has told highway chiefs to carry out a safety review of the crossing.

Councillor Maureen Holding, who represents Brockenhurst on the district council, said the line was next to the car park entrance and warned that a similar incident could occur in fog. Earlier this month it was revealed that the number of drivers aged 80 or over has topped one million for the first time. But motoring organisations say people over 70 should only be forced to stop driving if there were “compelling”

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6:42pm Fri 24 Feb 12

dango says...

Glad she has seen sense before anything more serious happens.
Glad she has seen sense before anything more serious happens. dango
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7:17pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Burton Saint says...

I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.
I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'. Burton Saint
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7:24pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Linesman says...

Burton Saint wrote:
I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.
I agree with your observation Burton Saint.

With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well.
[quote][p][bold]Burton Saint[/bold] wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.[/p][/quote]I agree with your observation Burton Saint. With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well. Linesman
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7:50pm Fri 24 Feb 12

The Salv says...

Think all drivers should be routinely tested but especially pensioners. Their eye sight, hearing and judgement becomes worse with age and statiscally are a high risk group as shown on a panarama type program a few years ago but were talking 80 +. Personally the worse drivers I experience on the roads is that of women in there 40's. Infact it made me laugh when I saw that viral video of the woman blocking the road in bath they seem to have this untouchable attitude.
Think all drivers should be routinely tested but especially pensioners. Their eye sight, hearing and judgement becomes worse with age and statiscally are a high risk group as shown on a panarama type program a few years ago but were talking 80 +. Personally the worse drivers I experience on the roads is that of women in there 40's. Infact it made me laugh when I saw that viral video of the woman blocking the road in bath they seem to have this untouchable attitude. The Salv
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8:20pm Fri 24 Feb 12

opera phantom says...

Nine Toes. wrote:
Good news. Now we just need re-tests for anyone over the age of 60, especially women.
2 out of 5 young men between
the age of 18 and 25, crash their
car within 2 years of passing their
test. With your train of thought
how about retesting them.
Don't generalise. Treat every
driver as an individual, no matter
what their age. It is too easy to
just put one particular age group into a little box.
[quote][p][bold]Nine Toes.[/bold] wrote: Good news. Now we just need re-tests for anyone over the age of 60, especially women.[/p][/quote]2 out of 5 young men between the age of 18 and 25, crash their car within 2 years of passing their test. With your train of thought how about retesting them. Don't generalise. Treat every driver as an individual, no matter what their age. It is too easy to just put one particular age group into a little box. opera phantom
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8:28pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Nearly an OAP says...

Opera Phantom has got it right. There are bad drivers of all ages -- quite often it's the aggressive ones who are trying to prove something -- only they know what that is. Sensible drivers will know when they're too old or too ill to be safe on the roads but it's still a wrench for most to give up that licence.
Opera Phantom has got it right. There are bad drivers of all ages -- quite often it's the aggressive ones who are trying to prove something -- only they know what that is. Sensible drivers will know when they're too old or too ill to be safe on the roads but it's still a wrench for most to give up that licence. Nearly an OAP
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8:34pm Fri 24 Feb 12

solomum says...

I am pleased that the lady involved will not be prosecuted. She has done the sensible think in giving up her licence.
I am pleased that the lady involved will not be prosecuted. She has done the sensible think in giving up her licence. solomum
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8:37pm Fri 24 Feb 12

The Salv says...

What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters!
What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters! The Salv
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8:44pm Fri 24 Feb 12

The Salv says...

There are also many other problems with statistics. You are more likely to have an accident if you are a new driver. New drivers are going to be more likely aged between 17 and 25. With this in mind is this age group more likely to involved in accident purely because of their age, or more likely because they are in experienced?
There are also many other problems with statistics. You are more likely to have an accident if you are a new driver. New drivers are going to be more likely aged between 17 and 25. With this in mind is this age group more likely to involved in accident purely because of their age, or more likely because they are in experienced? The Salv
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9:12pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Ant Smoking MP says...

Please remind me. How may 17-25 year olds have driven up a railway line and then, eventually given up their license?
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I agree with The Salv.
Please remind me. How may 17-25 year olds have driven up a railway line and then, eventually given up their license? . I agree with The Salv. Ant Smoking MP
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9:39pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Huffter says...

All drivers should be re-tested regularly. If you work in food premises you have to renew a food hygiene certificate every three years - a car's a jolly sight more dangerous than a curry!
All drivers should be re-tested regularly. If you work in food premises you have to renew a food hygiene certificate every three years - a car's a jolly sight more dangerous than a curry! Huffter
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9:57pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Georgem says...

Burton Saint wrote:
I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.
Correction: statistically, the demographic "women" costs the insurance industry less than the demographic "men". Not nearly the same thing
[quote][p][bold]Burton Saint[/bold] wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.[/p][/quote]Correction: statistically, the demographic "women" costs the insurance industry less than the demographic "men". Not nearly the same thing Georgem
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9:59pm Fri 24 Feb 12

clausentum says...

Huffter wrote:
All drivers should be re-tested regularly. If you work in food premises you have to renew a food hygiene certificate every three years - a car's a jolly sight more dangerous than a curry!
Depends where you eat a curry and what's in it.

I've known someone confined to a loo 72 hours straight, with serious, wicked squidges . . .
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: All drivers should be re-tested regularly. If you work in food premises you have to renew a food hygiene certificate every three years - a car's a jolly sight more dangerous than a curry![/p][/quote]Depends where you eat a curry and what's in it. I've known someone confined to a loo 72 hours straight, with serious, wicked squidges . . . clausentum
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10:47pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Linesman says...

The Salv wrote:
What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters!
If it is votes that count, then the government would not have changed linking pensions with CRI instead of RPI.

They would not have reduced their winter fuel allowance, at a time when fuel prices were going through the roof.

Come in out of the rain Salv and see the situation as it is, not the way you think it is.
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters![/p][/quote]If it is votes that count, then the government would not have changed linking pensions with CRI instead of RPI. They would not have reduced their winter fuel allowance, at a time when fuel prices were going through the roof. Come in out of the rain Salv and see the situation as it is, not the way you think it is. Linesman
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11:50pm Fri 24 Feb 12

D.a.v.e says...

Linesman wrote:
The Salv wrote:
What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters!
If it is votes that count, then the government would not have changed linking pensions with CRI instead of RPI.

They would not have reduced their winter fuel allowance, at a time when fuel prices were going through the roof.

Come in out of the rain Salv and see the situation as it is, not the way you think it is.
The Salv , Also known as pat ronise.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What you seem to be failing to understand is that there are a lot more younger drivers than there are drivers 80 + that age group is ever increasing. Unfortunetely drivers in the 80's are high risk because of the nature of ageing reduces eyesight hearing judgement etc etc. At some point the Government will have to act upon this but they wont have the balls because a lot of pensioners are their voters![/p][/quote]If it is votes that count, then the government would not have changed linking pensions with CRI instead of RPI. They would not have reduced their winter fuel allowance, at a time when fuel prices were going through the roof. Come in out of the rain Salv and see the situation as it is, not the way you think it is.[/p][/quote]The Salv , Also known as pat ronise. D.a.v.e
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12:12am Sat 25 Feb 12

Sir Ad E Noid says...

It is a fact that older people drive slower. This might be infuriating, but they are safer and have fewer accidents. This was a one off for this lady and she has surrendered her license. Well done the Lady.
It is a fact that older people drive slower. This might be infuriating, but they are safer and have fewer accidents. This was a one off for this lady and she has surrendered her license. Well done the Lady. Sir Ad E Noid
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5:22am Sat 25 Feb 12

Cookiecutter says...

My nephew wrote off and totaled three cars before he learnt that there is a right and proper way to drive. He was under 25 years old at the time. His 4th car was stolen and set on fire?? He is in his 40's now and has just learnt to fly a small plane. I keep wondering and asking myself after every light plane crash. "Was that him". Now i find the his son is planning a sail to Hawaii at 17 on his own.
My nephew wrote off and totaled three cars before he learnt that there is a right and proper way to drive. He was under 25 years old at the time. His 4th car was stolen and set on fire?? He is in his 40's now and has just learnt to fly a small plane. I keep wondering and asking myself after every light plane crash. "Was that him". Now i find the his son is planning a sail to Hawaii at 17 on his own. Cookiecutter
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11:24am Sat 25 Feb 12

Goldenwight says...

Linesman wrote:
Burton Saint wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.
I agree with your observation Burton Saint. With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well.
I suspect that the original post was meant to be ironically humourous?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Burton Saint[/bold] wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.[/p][/quote]I agree with your observation Burton Saint. With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well.[/p][/quote]I suspect that the original post was meant to be ironically humourous? Goldenwight
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4:02pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Goldenwight says...

If I drive along a railway, will muy driving sins be forgotten, too? I'm thinking particularly of that toddler I killed while boozed out of my head and speeding?

If so, could, Hants Police give me a call...

Seriously though, Dango was right here- no further problem, no loss of life, no accident, no conviction.
If I drive along a railway, will muy driving sins be forgotten, too? I'm thinking particularly of that toddler I killed while boozed out of my head and speeding? If so, could, Hants Police give me a call... Seriously though, Dango was right here- no further problem, no loss of life, no accident, no conviction. Goldenwight
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5:11pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Nine Toes. says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Burton Saint wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.
I agree with your observation Burton Saint. With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well.
I suspect that the original post was meant to be ironically humourous?
No, I was being deadly serious.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Burton Saint[/bold] wrote: I am a professional driver aged 62 covering in excess of 70,000 miles a year. The majority of bad driving comes not from people over the age of 60 but those between the ages of 18 and 24. Statistically women are safer drivers than men. Maybe 'Nine Toes' needs to change his tag to 'Nine Brain Cells'.[/p][/quote]I agree with your observation Burton Saint. With regard Nine Toes. I guess that there is something missing at the other extremity as well.[/p][/quote]I suspect that the original post was meant to be ironically humourous?[/p][/quote]No, I was being deadly serious. Nine Toes.
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