To mark Road Safety Week, our store director from Specsavers in Walthamstow joined forces with the local police to promote the importance of good driver vision on Monday 21st November.  Held at The Market, Faiz Parkar was available to conduct eye visibility tests and the Police talked to the public about general road safety.

Why this cause is so important
2,900 casualties are caused each year due to poor driver vision and 55 casualties occur every single week.  That is why Specsavers in Walthamstow is calling for the quarter of drivers that have not had an eye examination in two years to visit their store as a priority. 

The Pledge
This year, Road Safety Week 2016's theme is to Make the Brake Pledge that encourages people to understand the six key things they can do to protect themselves and the people around them, and reduce emissions and pollution from vehicles. The six Brake Pledge points are: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.

The day's activities
Faiz Parkar with the Metropolitan Police, Waltham Forest, tested local residents’ vision to check they could read a licence plate at the legal distance requirement of 20 metres.   He also handed out free high visibility jackets to local children. Faiz Parkar Ophthalmic director of Specsavers in Walthamstow explains: ‘I was shocked to learn that poor driver vision alone leads to 5 casualties a week. 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, at least every 2 years.’

Faiz Parkar further explains that one of the standards of vision for driving is being able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres and you must also have an adequate field of vision - something that the team can tell you about this and do a test.

Thank you from the Police
PC David Sparks from The Metropolitan Police, Waltham Forest adds: ‘We were delighted to welcome store director Faiz Parkar to our Road Safety Week event today. Good vision is paramount for drivers to ensure safety on the roads and his presence enabled us to convey this message with local residents. At least twice-yearly eye examinations is one simple precaution we can all take and we were delighted that he was on hand to talk to the public about any concerns they might have about their vision and hand out free sight test vouchers and high vis jackets too.’

A word from the charity
Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns from Brake says: ‘I’d like to thank Specsavers Opticians and Hearcare in Walthamstow for their ongoing support for Road Safety Week. Our survey shows that drivers are aware of the threat of risky behaviour by other drivers, but are inclined to play down the risks involved with their own behaviour. Everyone who drives has to step up and take responsibility. If every driver vowed to make the Break Pledge, then our roads would be safer places for everyone.'

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