Failing to disclose an active medical condition led to tragedy after a motorist fell asleep at the wheel and killed another driver.
Shirley Glover is now beginning a prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a collision earlier this year.
Worcester Crown Court heard how the 50-year-old failed to notify the DVLA that she had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea two years previously.
She had been advised to avoid driving when tired and was under a duty to contact the DVLA as her symptoms could affect her ability to drive safely.
On 21st March, she left work early as she was not feeling well. She had taken three prescription medicines which had warnings concerning drowsiness, but she took the decision to drive her Volvo home.
According to collision investigators and witnesses, her vehicle crossed the white line dividing the carriageway and collided head on with a car driven by Stuart Frost.
Frost died at the scene and his partner was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.
She was sentenced last week to two years and nine months in prison and has been disqualified from driving for five years.
The temptation not to inform the agency of anything that you consider might affect your ability to drive must be huge, but the risks outweigh any notions of keeping quiet.
As PC Ian Sweeney of West Mercia Police says: “The after-effects of this collision will have a profound and life-long effect on all involved. Our advice to drivers is that if you ever feel tired or unwell, or are having difficulty concentrating, always stop and take a break and only ever continue your journey if safe to do so.
“We also remind drivers to be mindful of the effects any medication they may be taking can have on them whilst driving. We urge people to always seek the advice of their doctor and notify the DVLA of any special medical circumstances or disabilities.”
If you have committed a motoring offence due to an undisclosed medical condition contact our specialist motoring solicitors for advice on 0115 910 6239