A Kirkcaldy opticians marked National Road Safety Week by donating more than 120 high visibility vests to Sinclairtown and Pathhead Primary Schools.

Primary one pupils from Sinclairtown were presented with 61 vests by Lindsay McAndrew, optical assistant at Specsavers in Kirkcaldy, while children at Pathhead were given 60 vests by the store’s director, Kathryn Thompson, during the national awareness week.

Be safe and seen
The eye experts spoke with the children about road safety and the importance of wearing their vests to be safe and seen during darker nights and mornings, and took questions from the enthusiastic pupils.

The vests were donated to the school as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers to increase the visibility of local children on the walk to and from school and to make it easier for motorists to spot them.

Dusk is particularly hazardous
Store director at Specsavers in Kirkcaldy, Kathryn Thompson, said: ‘It can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians at this time of year, with the nights drawing in more quickly and early morning still dark.

Dusk is particularly hazardous when children are on their way home from school. ‘With this in mind, we wanted to spread the road safety message by donating the vests to local schools.

We hope to see lots of children wearing their vests when they’re on the move to ensure they are as visible as possible to passing motorists.’

A big thank you
Claire Thomson, P1 class teacher at Sinclairtown Primary School, says: ‘The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Specsavers in Kirkcaldy.

‘Lindsay, the optical assistant, told the boys and girls all about her job and how important it is to be seen and keep safe when out and about. We would like to say a big thank you to Specsavers for donating the vests, which will ensure the children put safety first, both during winter and all year round.’

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