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Racing champ Paddy backs refreshers for older drivers

He won at Monte Carlo - now former racing driver Paddy Hopkirk is advising his peers to do refresher driving courses

Older drivers have come under the spotlight in Buckinghamshire, with new figures showing a dramatic increase in the number of people over the age of 65 being involved in accidents.

Now the local council has enlisted the support of one of the World's top rally drivers to help keep senior citizens in the fast lane.

During his racing career Paddy Hopkirk, won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally and numerous World titles. Now 82 years old, he's backing a scheme that encourages mature motorists to get their driving checked by the professionals. Penny Silvester reports.

The interviewees are: Paddy Hopkirk, 1964 Monte Carlo rally winner; Cllr Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council; and June Howlett, Buckinghamshire County Council road safety officer.

There is helpful information for older drivers at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Older Drivers Forum.

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New tech warns phone-addict drivers

We all know it's against the law but thousands of drivers in the south-east are still using their mobile phones behind the wheel, making calls, texting, and even taking pictures.

In Sussex last year, more than 1,800 drivers were caught using a phone while driving. And in Kent, more than 1,000 drivers were given penalties in 2014.

Now a trial has started in Sussex of an "intelligent lamppost" that can detect when a phone is being used in a car - and it flashes a warning - telling you to stop doing it.

But will it work? David Johns investigates. He speaks to Carl Knapp of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership; Peter Rodger of the Institute of Advanced Motorists; and sign manufacturer Tim Barnett.

Ferrari worth £220,000 is written off after being hired for family wedding

A 200mph Sussex supercar has been written off after being hired for a family wedding. A 29-year-old old man hired the Ferrari 458 Italia for the wedding in Luton. The insurance company took three minutes to write the vehicle off.

The Ferrari had been hired for a wedding Credit: SWNS

The Ferrari had been hired from Prestige Lifestyle in Shoreham. A spokesman for the company said they were devastated to learn about the crash. The '64 plate supercar had only covered 4,600 miles.

The insurance company wrote off the vehicle Credit: SWNS
The scene after the bizarre crash Credit: SWNS

No one was injured when the red and grey Italia hit a low brick wall and wedged itself under a VW taxi. The accident also involved a Vauxhall Astra.

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Drivers are furious! Kate reports from the controversial bus lane as it rakes in millions

Seventy five motorists a day are being caught by a controversial bus lane camera in Oxford. The camera is raking in more than £1.5 million a year for the council. Now local businessmen are calling for better signs to stop confused drivers constantly being caught. The council is refusing to budge, claiming the scheme stops the city centre getting snarled up. Kate Bunkall talked to David Marcus, Oxford High Street Traders; Graham Jones, Rox; and Ian Hudspeth, Leader, Oxfordshire County Council.

'Unsafe' driver wins High Court battle to keep licence

A 78 -year-old woman has won her High Court battle to keep her driving licence - despite being branded as 'unsafe' on the roads. Georgina Hitchen from Henley in Oxfordshire caused a three-car accident and had her licence revoked by the DVLA. The pensioner won the right to drive again when a judge ruled that 'age alone is not a reason to remove a licence'. Penny Silvester reports.

Motoring organisation issues Christmas drink drive warning

Motoring organisation issues 'drink drive' warning to drivers

Almost a fifth of drivers in the South have driven the morning after a night of heavy drinking according to figures from the AA.

The organisation has released the numbers to remind drivers this festive season - that they can still be over the limit the next day. However, the survey also shows that more than half of party goers will avoid drink driving by agreeing a designated driver before a night out.

The organisation also polled people on the top tactics they use the morning after a night of heavy drinking to reduce alcohol levels:

  • 37% Drink lots of water
  • 16% Eat a fried breakfast
  • 9% Drink fruit juice
  • 6% Take an Aspirin
  • 3% Go for a run
  • 2% Drink Irn Bru
  • 2% Eat choclate
  • 5% Use other methods

However, the AA recommends that if people are going to drive early the next day, that they do not drink at all the night before.

Car filmed going wrong way down dual carriageway

This is the terrifying moment a driver was forced to swerve out of the way of car travelling in the wrong direction on a dual carriageway.

The 73-year-old from Burgess Hill was spotted driving the wrong way along A23 towards Brighton.

It's believed he had been driving the wrong way for several miles.

Vehicles heading north were forced to swerve their cars to avoid him.

Sussex Police said the driver stopped his car after seeing the marked police vehicle travelling towards him slowly at the head of the traffic.

Sergeant Mark Baker said: "We are very grateful to all of the drivers and members of the public who stopped and called us to warn us about the man's driving and for their attentive driving that enabled them to avoid a collision.

"We were able to react quickly and thankfully no one was injured. The man was medically assessed and we will be making the DVLA aware of the incident."

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