Pupils from Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry launched New Driver NI’s 2017/18 schools programme which is being backed by Specsavers.

The Specsavers’ partnership with young driver initiative, New Driver NI is helping the organisation roll out an advice and information programme to Years 13 and 14 students at secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland.

Helping to keep young people safe on the roads

New Driver NI provides practical tips and information for both learners and those who have recently passed their test to help them stay safe on the roads.

The scheme which is led by Stephen Savage, engages directly with young people by delivering drive safe presentations at schools as well as offering online content and a comprehensive free magazine handed out to pupils.

Parents urged to get eyes checked too

Alison Dunne said: ‘Your eyesight can deteriorate very slowly meaning you might not even notice when it falls below the standard required for driving. That’s why it’s so important to have an eye test every two years, or sooner, if you notice a change in your vision.

‘The only time a motorist’s eyesight is tested is during their driving test. The current system relies on drivers to self-test and keep up-to-date with their eye examinations, which not everyone does. The law also states that certain eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma must be reported to the DVLA.’

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