British police speak to Prince Philip about driving without seatbelt
LONDON, JAN 21 — British police said they have spoken to Prince Philip for driving without fastening his seatbelt, media reported.
British media on Saturday published photos of the 97-year-old royal driving a Land Rover Freelander without a seatbelt near the royal residence at Sandringham in eastern England.
A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said that “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver,” the BBC reported. “This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such image showing this type of offense,” she added.
Just two days ago, Prince Philip was involved in a car accident in which he was uninjured but his vehicle landed on its side after colliding with a Kia near the royal family’s estate at Sandringham.
However, two women in the Kia car were injured, with one breaking her wrist and the other suffering from minor injuries in her knee. Luckily, a 9-month-old baby boy in the car’s backseat was unscathed.
The woman who broke her wrist told the Sunday Mirror that she has yet to receive an apology from the royal palace. “I’m lucky to be alive, and he hasn’t even said sorry,” she was quoted by the paper as saying.
But a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said contact was made with the occupants of the car to exchange “well-wishes,” the BBC reported.
Prince Philip passed a vision test Saturday following the car accident.
In Britain, driving licenses expire at 70 years of age. People above the age can still drive by renewing their licenses every three years and declaring necessary medical conditions to confirm they meet the standards for driving. – XINHUA