The Preston store team has helped to ensure local children are ‘seen and safe’ on the roads this winter by donating 300 high visibility vests to a local primary school, one for every pupil, to mark national Road Safety Week (17-23 November).

As part of an initiative by Specsavers to increase the safety of Preston youngsters, St Stephen’s C.E Primary School pupils and head teacher David Sharkey were presented with vests by Chris Shore, retail director at Specsavers’ Friargate store.

Safety message

All the youngsters also took part in special workshops to ensure that they’re safe when their learning takes them out into the community as well as when walking to and from school or on school trips.

St Stephen’s head teacher David Sharkey commented: ‘In 2013 there were approximately 1300 fatalities and injuries on our local roads. We are aware that this goes up by around 20 per cent in the winter. We have been trying to reduce the number of accidents in the area by implementing a program; Right Start.

‘We are grateful to Specsavers Preston for working in partnership with us, and for their kind donation of 300 high visibility jackets, one of which will be given to each child at the school.’

Backing school campaign

Chris Shore, Specsavers Preston store director, added: ‘With the onset of dark conditions, combined with the winter weather, at times when children are walking to or from school, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Dusk is particularly hazardous.

‘Therefore we were delighted to be able to donate these vests to St Stephen’s and to support the sterling work the school is already doing with the Right Start program. We were very impressed to find that pupils were already well-versed on their road safety.

Road Safety Week

‘These fluorescent and reflective vests are an excellent tool to keep children safe and are 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.’

To find out more about Road Safety Week click here

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