St Albans family’s campaign to remove unfit drivers’ licences successful

Sam McCord with his sister, Cassie, pictured right, with their cousin Eleanor in the centre.

Sam McCord with his sister, Cassie, pictured right, with their cousin Eleanor in the centre. - Credit: Photo supplied

A CAMPAIGN to give the police power to temporarily suspend the driving licences of motorists they feel are unfit to drive has been successful nearly two years after the death of a former St Albans pupil.

Former Sandringham School pupil Cassie McCord, 16, was fatally injured in a collision where she was hit by a car that mounted a footpath and struck her and two other pedestrians as they walked along a pavement in Colchester, Essex, in February 2011.

It later emerged that the driver, 87-year-old Colin Horsfall, of Colchester, who was driving a Vauxhall at the time, had been involved in an accident at a petrol station days earlier.

Essex Police had sent details of the earlier incident to the DVLA, but were not able to remove his licence. The elderly man died in a care home three months after the fatal crash.

The grieving McCord family immediately launched a campaign, named Cassie’s Law, to change a loophole in the law to give police the power to temporarily suspend the driving licence of motorists they believe are unfit to drive.

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Sam McCord, a former Beaumont School pupil, spent months collecting signatures for a petition for Cassie’s Law, including in St Albans city centre.

More than 45,000 people have signed that petition over the last 15 months.

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Today (Thursday) Sam hailed a decision by the DVLA to give police the extra powers needed to revoke a driver’s licence where they considered them unfit to drive.

More information will be published in next week’s Herts Advertiser.

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