AN elderly woman has had her driving licence revoked after she narrowly missed ploughing into a child on a zebra crossing in Highwoods, Colchester.

Dash cam footage captured the potentially fatal incident in November involving the 80-year-old, who was driving a red Ford Fiesta at about 4.20pm.

The child jumped back away from the car and avoided getting hit, but the woman failed to stop at the scene.

The Colchester woman whose dam cam it was sent her film to the police, sparking an investigation and eyesight test at the driver's home.

Her licence was immediately revoked under Cassie's Law after she failed.

PC Rob Andrews, of Essex Roads policing unit said: “Dash cam footage is proving crucial for many road-related incidents as the evidence it provides is priceless.

"In this case, we were able to see exactly what had happened without doubt and took appropriate action.

“Having a licence revoked can be devastating for many people as it comes with a loss of independence.


"Where possible we will do what we can to keep people on the roads. However we have a duty to protect these drivers as well as the thousands of other people who use the roads of Essex.

“We often receive calls from members of the public concerned about their elderly relatives' safety behind the wheel and where appropriate, in these cases our officers will have a conversation about their circumstances and discuss the implications their health could have on their driving ability."

If you have concerns contact Essex Police via Do it Online by clicking here, where you can report a driving complaint.