A local opticians is promoting road safety after donating 200 high visibility vests to three schools in the Coleraine borough.
The giveaway marked Specsavers’ sponsorship of Road Safety Week in November and aimed to highlight the importance of being seen on the roads to young children.
Speaking about the iniative, Store director, Judith Ball said: ‘To be safe as a road user and as a pedestrian you have to be seen, and this applies particularly to children as they make their way to and from school.
“It is especially important that all pedestrians take precautions and wear high visibility clothing when out and about in the dark.’
‘We had 200 vests to give out and decided to run a schools’ competition to design a superhero.
“Portrush Primary School had two winners, Max McCrabbe and Christopher Smyth, and received 80 jackets.
“Another 80 jackets were given to St Malachy’s Primary School whilst Chloe Boyle of St Brigid’s Primary School in Ballymoney won 40 vests for her fellow pupils.’
Judith said that motorists should bear the responsility of making sure their eyesight is good before getting behind the wheel of a car.
And youngsters should also be visible to traffic if walking near roads or crossing.
She added: “I was delighted to be able to visit each school and was accompanied by PSNI Road Safety Education Officer, Constable Sydney Henry, who told the children how to stay safe on the roads.’
“ It’s also important for drivers to make sure that their vision is up to scratch before getting behind the wheel.
“Opticians recommend that everyone should have their eyes examined every two years.
To make an appointment at the Specsavers store, Coleraine, you can call 028 7032 6346 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/coleraine
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