This Road Safety Week (21-27 November), people are being urged to make a pledge to stay sharp on the roads and help prevent the 2,900 casualties caused each year due to poor driver vision.
Calling for sight tests
With sight-related accidents also costing £33m annually, Specsavers in Wales, official partner of Road Safety Week, is calling for the quarter of drivers that have not had an eye examination in two years to visit stores.
The Road Safety Week 2016 theme, Make the Brake Pledge, is about people all over the country understanding six key things they can do to protect themselves and the people around them.
The six Brake Pledge points are: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.
Regular eye tests
Kevin McCarthy, west Wales regional chair of Specsavers, explains: ‘I was shocked to learn that poor driver vision alone leads to 55 casualties every single week and costs an estimated £33 million.
‘A regular eye examination is a legal requirement for drivers but it is your personal responsibility to ensure you are having your eyes tested frequently. We’d urge every road user to make a Brake pledge to make our roads safer.’
Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns from Brake says: ‘I’d like to thank Specsavers in Wales for their ongoing support for Road Safety Week. Our theme this year is action-orientated and anyone can make and share the Brake Pledge.’
For further information on the Brake pledge for Road Safety Week, please visit: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/our-theme/
Fit to drive: a cost benefit analysis of more frequent eyesight testing for UK drivers, RSA Insurance Group plc, 2012