Kilrea brownie troop has received a set of twenty high visibility vests from Specsavers Ballymena to help keep them safe when walking in winter. The giveaway was part of Specsavers’ sponsorship of Road Safety Week and aimed to highlight the importance of being seen on the roads to young children.

Dark winter mornings can be dangerous

Adrian Murdoch, store director at Specsavers in Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena said, ‘It is a very sad fact that over 2,000 children aged 0-15 were killed or seriously injured on UK roads last year. Walking to and from school in the dark winter mornings and evenings can be very dangerous for our young children. It is really important that all pedestrians take precautions and wear high visibility clothing to help them be seen on the roads.’

Kilrea brownies say thank you

The Kilrea brownies were accompanied to the store by their leader Shirley Taggart. Thanking Specsavers Shirley said, ‘Our brownies have been completing their Road Safety Badge which involves many activities and games to highlight dangers on the roads, keeping safe and the importance of being seen. These high vis vests will help the brownies put what they’ve learnt into practice.’

Drivers need eye testing too

Specsavers recommends that drivers also need to make sure that their vision is up to scratch before getting behind the wheel and should have an eye examination every two years. To make an appointment at the Specsavers store, Fairhill Shopping Centre you can call 02825648100.

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