Elderly Driver Sentenced for Running over Flagger


A flagger for a road crew was standing at the far end of a curved road communicating via radio with another flagger when an elderly driver ran him over, killing him. The court gave the 88-year-old driver, who’s legally blind and whose licence hasn’t been renewed since 2001 due to his poor eyesight, a suspended sentence and ordered him to perform 15 hours of community service and serve two years’ probation and barred him from driving for 10 years. The sentence angered members of the province’s traffic control community, who said it was too lenient [Melle Pool, Canadian OH&S News, March 21, 2011].