To mark National Road Safety Week, Specsavers in Ripon optician has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to a primary school.

Children in years one and two at Ripon Cathedral Primary School were presented with 200 vests by Joanna Christon and Nicola Waggitt, optical advisors from Specsavers in Ripon.

Pupils also took part in a special workshop to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community, while walking to and from school and on school trips.

Part of a national initiative
The high visibility vests were donated to the primary schools as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, as part of Road Safety Week, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Store director at the Specsavers store in Ripon, Nicola Nisbet, commented: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

‘With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Ripon and offered Ripon Cathedral Primary School the high visibility vests.'

Free glasses and eye tests for under-16s
Nicola continued:‘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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