UK News Pensioner finally caught by police after driving without a licence for 50 years
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DETECTIVES are still investigating the 'unexplained' death of a 97-year-old woman more than a week after the discovery of her body in her Fife home. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The pensioner, whose name has not been released, was found in the bungalow in West End, Kinglassie, on the morning of Friday October 25.It is understood a relative raised the alarm with Police Scotland after the woman, who lived alone, had failed to make contact for several days.Officers forced their way into the house on the edge of the village and found her body.
A “sneaky septuagenarian” who has been driving without a licence for 50 years has finally been caught by police last week.
Officers made the discovery after the 72-year-old man was involved in a minor crash on the A38 at Uffculme in Devon on Bonfire Night.
He was subsequently reported to court for driving without a licence and no insurance.
Devon and Cornwall’s road policing team tweeted: "You know you've had luck on your side when you've driven for over 50 years without a license and never been prosecuted,"
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"But alas, all good things must come to an end. A small collision has finally revealed one mid-Devon man's secret to us. #sneakyseptegenarian."
You know you've had luck on your side when you've driven for over 50 years without a license and never been prosecuted. But alas, all good things must come to an end. A small collision has finally revealed one mid-Devon man's secret to us.
1059 / 3656— Alliance RPT �+�=❌ (@RoadPolAlliance)
A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were called with a report of a road traffic collision involving a car and a van on the A38 at Uffculme, Cullompton, at around 9.10pm on Tuesday 5 November.
"Officers attended and the 72-year-old male driver of the van was subsequently reported to court for driving without a licence and no insurance."
Police stopped car but failed to arrest the real driver - even when they were told they'd got it wrong
Danielle Marie Dunleavy was travelling home in a car driven by her friend Donna Bird.The court heard the car was flagged down by police on Ellice Way in Wrexham , and Dunleavy quickly jumped into the driver's seat.Police breathalysed her and she was found to have one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit of alcohol in her breath.Dunleavy told the police officer what had happened and that she was not the driver.One of her friends also told the officer but they weren't believed, despite the fact that the car belonged to Bird, who had moved into the passenger seat.
There have been 10,974 accidents involving drivers over the age of 70 in 2011, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures.
Although many road safety charities argue elderly drivers don't pose the greatest danger behind the wheel, drivers over the age of 80 are at an increased risk of accidents, according to Liz Box, head of research at the RAC Foundation.
She says frailty is an issue with older drivers, so those involved in accidents are more likely to be injured.
At the moment, motorists over 70 must declare they are fit to drive every three years, but they do not have to take a driving or medical exam.
The RAC Foundation, a transport policy and research organisation, doesn't support compulsory testing for older drivers, as every individual is different.
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