I spy with my little eye
Police forces to start giving an eye test for all drivers who are stopped
I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of run-ins with drivers who we think need their eyes tested. Well 3 police forces Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands seem to agree.
Drivers who are pulled over by police in these regions will be tested for their ability to read a standard number plate from a distance of 20m. If they fail, they’ll face their driving licence being revoked.
Eyesight is something that typically deteriorates over time, so can be overlooked or missed until it’s too late.
Our advice is to regularly check your eyes and regular check you meet the legal eyesight requirements, more information on this can be found on the .gov website.
The power to revoke licences was introduced in 2013 under Cassie’s Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex.
It later emerged he had failed a police eyesight test days earlier, but a legal loophole meant he was allowed to continue driving.
Sgt Rob Heard, representing the police forces taking part in the campaign, said: “Not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences.”