To mark national Road Safety Week (17-23 November), Accrington's Specsavers opticians helped to keep school children safe by donating high visibility vests to two local community primaries and Cub, Brownie and Rainbows groups.
With dark winter mornings and nights now firmly set in, children at Peek Park Primary School and Baxenden St John's Church of England Primary as well as young members of local Cub, Brownie and Rainbows groups have been presented with 200 by staff at the Specsavers store on Cornhill.
Road safety message
All the youngsters also took part in special workshops to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community as well as when walking to and from school or on school trips.
Designed to coincide with National Road Safety Week, the high visibility vests donations are 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.
Safe and seen
Suzanne George, store director of Accrington Specsavers, commented: ‘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 Accrington 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.
‘It was great to see that Accrington 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.’