High-visibility vests for pupils

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CHILDREN at Mill O’Forest Primary School will be safer when out walking near busy roads this winter, thanks to a local opticians.

Specsavers Stonehaven handed over a set of high-visibility reflective vests to school pupils to help make sure the youngsters can be seen during the dark morning and nights.

The donation was part of the store’s support for the annual Road Safety Week 2012 campaign, which aims to highlight the extent of incidents on our roads and help people to take steps to prevent needless injuries or deaths all year round. The children will wear the vests when walking to and from school and on class trips.

Nicola Stewart, store director at Specsavers Stonehaven, said: “It’s really important for children to be aware of how to stay as safe as possible when near busy roads.

“We are delighted to be able to give these high visibility vests for the whole class to use and to offer the children a little bit of extra advice on how to be seen and what to look out for on their way to and from school.

“However, it’s also very important that drivers understand the importance of having their eyes checked regularly to make sure their vision is up to scratch for driving in the dark during winter time, when road conditions are often tricky.

“That’s especially true for parents who drive their children to and from school, and we hope when they see the vests it will remind them to drive with extra care in areas where children are walking.”

The theme for Road Safety Week 2012 is ‘Slower speeds = happy people’, and the campaign will be encouraging schools, communities, groups and organisations to take action in their area to protect people from the dangers of fast traffic.