The Ballymena Specsavers store, has given away 300 high visibility vests to local primary schools, to promote the importance of safety amongst young road users.

Visibility is important 

As the days are getting shorter and the dark nights are setting in for winter, the team in the Ballymena Specsavers store understands the importance of being seen on our roads.

Store directors, Valerie Penney and Adrian Murdoch decided to place the names of all local primary schools in the Ballymena area into a draw to choose three lucky winners. The schools chosen at random to receive the high visibility vests were Carnalbanagh Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Carnlough, and Braidside Integrated Primary School.

A need for safety

Store director, Adrian Murdoch, says: ‘To be safe as a road user and as a pedestrian you have to be seen, and this applies particularly to children as they make their way to and from school. It is especially important that all pedestrians take precautions and wear high visibility clothing when out and about in the dark.

‘With the return of the darker mornings and evenings this winter, children’s safety on the roads becomes one of the community’s utmost concerns, and we wanted to reinforce the importance of being seen on our roads at all times. Therefore, we are delighted to have been able to donate such a high number of vests to each of the schools, and we hope that this will help children to be a lot safer on our roads.’

The staff at the Specsavers store would like to remind the local community that it isn’t just about being seen on our roads, but it is also about the importance of being able to see other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and any other road users.

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