To mark Road Safety Week 2015, an Accrington opticians has helped to ensure children are ‘seen and safe’ on the roads by donating 320 high visibility vests to local pre-schools and community groups.
As part of an initiative by Specsavers and charity partner Brake to increase the safety of local youngsters children at The Huncoat Primary School, Peel Park Primary School, St Anne's & St Joseph's RC Primary School and St Oswald's RC Primary & Nursery School have been presented with the vests by the Accrington Specsavers team.
Safe and seen
Youngsters at Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School in Burnley, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre and the First Street Boys and Girls Brigade in Accrington also received a donation.
Accrington Specsavers director Suzanne George said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to donate these vests and we were very impressed to find that the children were already well-versed on their road safety.
‘Now that the winter weather is here, we’re determined to ensure local children are ‘seen and safe’ on dark nights. We hope these bright easily seen vests will help spread the message of the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads this autumn and winter.
Road safety message
‘As part of this 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.’
Brake is a national road safety charity which exists to prevent deaths and injuries which happen on roads on a daily basis, through campaigns and other funding. The charity also promotes safe and sustainable road use and effective road safety policies.