THIS Road Safety Week (21-27 November), Specsavers on Kings Street partnered with Cotswold BMW Group to raise awareness of the week, while also checking the local community’s eyes.

Customers and passers-by were tested to see whether they could read the number plate of a BMW i3 from 20m (the minimum legal requirement when taking your driving test) to check if their eyes were fit to drive, finding that 25% of those tested were unfit to drive.

With sight-related accidents also costing £33m annually Specsavers in Stroud, an 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 the store.

A word from the store director 

Store director, Riz Choonara, was shocked by the results: ‘We tested more than 200 people on Saturday and out of those, 50 failed the test. This was a staggering result and a worrying trend; while a regular eye examination is not a legal requirement for drivers, if you are getting behind the wheel it’s very important, as well as wearing corrective eye wear if necessary.

‘From these finding, we are urging Stroud residents to come in-store and have their eyes tested. Our team are always on-hand to answer and questions you might have regarding eye health and can explain the importance of sight tests when it comes to driving on our roads.’

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