Breakthrough in Cassie's Law

Gazette: Jackie McCord and Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell in London Jackie McCord and Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell in London

A GRATEFUL mother has thanked the thousands of supporters who have helped to create Cassie’s Law.


Jackie McCord was determined no-one should die again due to a loophole in the law which allowed unfit drivers to get behind the wheel.

 

She acted after her daughter, Cassie, 16, was mown down and killed by a driver as she stood on the pavement in Head Street, Colchester.

Three days earlier the driver, Colin Horsfall, 87, of Rowhedge, had been advised by police not to drive again after failing an eyesight test.

Jackie McCord lobbied the Government for police to have extra powers to revoke a driver's licence where they considered them unfit to drive.

Now, road safety minister Stephen Hammond has said an application from the police will be fast-tracked by the DVLA - meaning a licence can be revoked in a matter of hours, not days.

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9:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

Feisty CBC says...

This is brilliant news. Jackie McCord has worked persistently and tirelessly for this change in the law. I hope this may give her a few crumbs of comfort.
Personally, whenever I find myself walking along Head St. I always have a momentary reflection of that tragic day. So sad.
This is brilliant news. Jackie McCord has worked persistently and tirelessly for this change in the law. I hope this may give her a few crumbs of comfort. Personally, whenever I find myself walking along Head St. I always have a momentary reflection of that tragic day. So sad. Feisty CBC

9:58am Thu 31 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Totally agree. In her grief something good may come of this very sad story. Jackie McCord should be in line for an award but I suspect she would be very humbled and is not the sort of person who seeks such things!
Totally agree. In her grief something good may come of this very sad story. Jackie McCord should be in line for an award but I suspect she would be very humbled and is not the sort of person who seeks such things! Say It As It Is OK?

10:53am Thu 31 Jan 13

Route88 says...

Why not simply give the police the power to suspend a licence on the spot and how will this work if the DVLA does not operate out of normal working hours?
Why not simply give the police the power to suspend a licence on the spot and how will this work if the DVLA does not operate out of normal working hours? Route88

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