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Police revoke driver's licence after near miss with child on pedestrian crossing

A woman who narrowly avoided hitting a child on a pedestrian crossing, failed to stop and then failed an eyesight test has had her licence taken away.

  • Essex Police video.

Essex Police say they received dash cam footage of the near miss at Highwoods Approach, Colchester in mid-November.

The child who was on a zebra crossing managed to jump out of the way of the oncoming Ford Fiesta.

The incident happened in mid-November. Credit: Essex Police.

Police went to the home of the driver, a woman in her 80s, after she failed to stop. They did an eyesight test, which she failed.

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.

– PC Rob Andrews, Essex roads policing