To mark national Road Safety Week (17-23 November), Harpurhey optician has helped to keep local school children safe by donating 150 high visibility vests to three community primaries.

With dark winter mornings and nights now firmly set in, pupils at each of Moston Lane Community Primary School, Oasis Academy Harpur Mount and St Edmund’s RC Primary School were presented with 50 vests by staff from the North City Shopping Centre store.

Safety message

Designed to coincide with National Road Safety Week, the high visibility vests donations were 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.

Robert Millard, Harpurhey Specsavers store director, 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 Harpurhey 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.

Safe and seen

‘It was great to see that Harpurhey 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.’

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