Pensioner driver must re-take test
PUBLISHED: 12:16 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 May 2010
MAGISTRATES banned Littleport pensioner Anthony Cadnum from driving for 28 days after hearing how he veered across the A10 and collided with an oncoming car. And on the grounds of safety the court said Cadnum — who was a dispatch driver in the army — mus
MAGISTRATES banned Littleport pensioner Anthony Cadnum from driving for 28 days after hearing how he veered across the A10 and collided with an oncoming car.
And on the grounds of safety the court said Cadnum - who was a dispatch driver in the army - must revert to learner driver status at the end of the ban, and take a re-test.
Cadnum, 71, of Queens Road, had previously denied driving without due care and attention, but admitted the offence on Thursday.
Prosecutor Fred Sagoe told how Cadnum had been driving a Volvo 340 at Littleport on December 4 last year when he crossed the central white line in the road, into the path of a Honda Civic car.
The oncoming car had braked severely, but was unable to avoid a collision.
Mitigating, Sophia Wood said Cadnum was an experienced driver, and the accident was the first of his driving career.
"He is distressed that others have been caused distress by the accident," she added. "For him the car is essential, he uses the car not only for himself, but for his grandchildren, and to do work in the community.
"He was widowed not so long ago, and as a result he spends a lot of time devoting himself to other people, and feels the car is his legs."
Cadnum was fined £150 with £100 costs.