Officers were alerted to reports of a vehicle being driven erratically in the vicinity of Trafalgar Road this morning, which led to enquiries being made about the driver’s ability to drive in a safe manner.
The Roads Policing team from the Joint Operations Unit (JOU) were requested at the scene and conducted an eyesight test at the roadside, which the male failed.
Faced with the reality that he was no longer safe to drive, the driver decided it was time to hang up his keys and surrender his licence.
It was only yesterday that an 89-year-old man also surrendered his licence after colliding with 2 horses and a pedestrian in the West Wight.
An eyesight test was also carried out at the roadside on Fairlee Road this afternoon when concerns were raised about an elderly woman’s vision. After a change of glasses she was able to read a number plate at 20 metres – the legal requirement.
PC Green from the JOU on the Island has said:
“It is a requirement that a driver can read a number plate from 20 metres. Ultimately it is all about road safety and should you have any concerns about the eyesight of anyone you know please let me know and we can arrange to conduct a test if necessary as it’s certainly better to be safer than sorry”.
Anyone concerned about someone’s driving can report this to Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.