Sandringham collision investigation
Norfolk Police can confirm that following receipt of Crown Prosecution Service charging advice, the police investigation into a collision on the A149 at Sandringham in January has now been completed.
The incident happened on Thursday 17 January shortly before 3pm when a Land Rover and a Kia were involved in a collision at the junction with the B1439.
The 28-year-old driver of the Kia suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 46-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist and both required hospital treatment. A third passenger in the Kia, a nine-month-old baby boy, was uninjured.
The driver of the Land Rover, a 97-year-old man, was uninjured.
Both drivers were breath tested, as per force policy of anyone involved in a collision, and both provided negative readings.
A collision investigation was launched and carried out by the roads policing team, which is standard procedure for crashes of this nature.
As part of the investigation, written statements were provided by both drivers, along with witnesses and officers who attended the scene. Police also carried out an eyesight test with the driver of the Land Rover on Saturday 19 January 2019, which he passed successfully.
The investigation file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration. The CPS have confirmed today (14 February) that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute and no further action will be taken.
All parties involved have been made aware of the outcome.
- The driver of the Land Rover voluntarily surrendered his driving licence to officers on Saturday (9 February).
- It is important to make clear that police have no powers to require the surrendering of a driving licence.
- Police investigated the offence of careless driving under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Driving licence surrendered
Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97 year old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham on Thursday 17 January 2019 has today (Saturday 9 February 2019) voluntarily surrendered his licence to officers.
We will follow the standard procedure and return the licence to the DVLA.
The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration.
Collision investigation continues
Investigations continue into a collision which happened at Sandringham last month.
Officers were called to the A149 shortly before 3pm on Thursday 17 January 2019 after two cars, a Landrover and a Kia, were involved in a collision at the junction of the B1439.
The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist. Both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and were discharged on the Thursday evening.
Police can also confirm a nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured.
The driver of the Landrover, a 97-year-old man, was uninjured.
Both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings
As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.
We are aware of the public interest in this case, however, as with any other investigation it would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the collision until an investigation is completed.
We are aware there have been several comments and questions about our procedures concerning drivers not wearing seatbelts.
We therefore wanted to provide some background and guidance around our standard approaches to dealing with such offences.
Firstly, not wearing a seatbelt is considered one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision, along with drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone and speeding.
It is compulsory drivers wear them and ensure their passengers are wearing them too. Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.
Anyone caught driving without a seatbelt by a police officer is likely to receive a ticket (known locally as a Traffic Offence Report). This could see drivers face a fine, receive points on their licence or even court action. Some offenders also have the option to complete an online course.
However, there will be occasions where officers will use discretionary powers and this will often happen in cases where we have been sent evidence of an offence in either the format of an image or video.
When making such decisions, we will take a number of factors into consideration including any aggravating factors, the proportionality of the response and previous offending.
On Saturday (19 January) we were made aware of a photograph, via the media, showing a driver not wearing a seatbelt. In this case the driver was given suitable words of advice.
This approach was in line with how we would normally respond after being sent a photograph of someone committing the offence. Drivers would normally be sent a letter providing suitable advice. However, in this case that advice was given verbally on Saturday evening to the driver by a police officer.
Sandringham collision original release
17 January 2019 I 20:27
Norfolk Police can confirm officers attended a collision on the A149 at Sandringham today (Thursday 17 January 2019).
Officers were called to the scene shortly before 3pm after a Landrover and Kia were involved in a collision.
The male driver of the Landrover was uninjured. The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment.
We can confirm both casualties from the Kia have been treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and have since been discharged.
The road remained open and both vehicles were recovered a short time later.
It is force policy to breath test drivers involved in collisions. We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings.