Woman (88) with failing eyesight did not stop driving

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MORE than 10,500 over-70s hold Jersey driving licences, it emerged during a court case in which an 88-year-old woman was prosecuted for ignoring an order from her parish Constable not to drive because of her failing eyesight.

Josephine Marjorie Marshman (88), of Rue du Pont Marquet, St Brelade, was fined £1,000 and had her licence endorsed after being charged with driving without a valid licence and without insurance.

However, it was accepted by the court that Marshman had been confused as to whether she was allowed to drive or not.

Twice, the Magistrate's Court heard, she had been told by medical professionals that her eyesight was good enough for her to get back behind the wheel.

But the court heard that St Brelade Constable Steve Pallett had suspended her licence and told her to go to a specific eyesight expert, a Dr Newton, to be assessed before he would make any decision on returning it.

However, she did not visit the specialist and instead she went to other medical professionals, who gave her the all-clear.

She will now have to be tested by Dr Newton before Mr Pallett will consider letting her back on the road. Marshman admitted the charges.

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