The Chorley team is helping to keep local children stay safe by donating 200 high visibility vests to local children’s groups, as part of a winter road safety campaign.

To keep them safe and seen during the dark winter mornings and nights, young members of the Hollinshead Street Rainbows group were presented with 40 vests by staff from the Specsavers store in Chapel Street.

Safe and seen

A further 160 were handed to similar local groups by the Specsavers team and also took part in special workshops to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community.

Launched during the recent National Road Safety Week, the high visibility vests donation campaign is part of an initiative by Specsavers to increase the safety of local children on the roads by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Raising awareness

Donna Sumner, optical consultant at Specsavers Chorley, said: ‘These fluorescent and reflective vests are an excellent tool to keep children safe and seen so we’re delighted to be able to donate them to the Chorley community.

‘The dark conditions, combined with the winter weather, especially at times when children are walking to or from school, can make it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous.

Road Safety Week

‘It was great to see that Chorley youngsters were already well-versed on their road safety. Donating these vests and talking to the children is a key part of National Road Safety Week’s message and commitment to getting everyone on board with the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads.

‘As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness of free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. It is important to make sure that children have regular eye tests as an undetected problem could lead to something more severe in the long term.’

To find out more about Road Safety Week click here 

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