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MP has eyes on better road safety

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is this week stepping up her campaign calling for regular compulsory eye tests for all drivers. As part of Road Safety Week (21st - 27th November) Meg is encouraging drivers to consider whether their eye sight would still meet the legal requirements for safe driving.

Meg has led a number of debates in Parliament over the past two years in an effort to get the eyesight regulations for drivers changed. The MP started her campaign after she was contacted by constituent Joy Barnes in 2008, after her niece tragically died following a road accident caused by a driver whose eyesight was not up to the required standards.

There are now several national organisations involved in the campaign, which is calling for compulsory eye tests for all drivers every 10 years. The campaign is also looking to raise awareness about the impact of health conditions on eye sight and driving.

Meg Munn MP said:

“It makes sense that drivers need good eyesight to drive safely - however the current eyesight test was introduced 70 years ago and I believe it needs to be brought up to date.

Road Safety Week is a good time for all drivers to consider if their eye sight would still meet the legal requirements. Getting your eye sight tested at the opticians is simple and straightforward and it could even prevent an accident.

I’d encourage any driver who’s been thinking about getting their eye sight checked out to get in touch with their optician. Glaucoma is just one of the health conditions that can affect a driver’s eye sight and it can make our roads unsafe if people are unaware of the dangers.

I hope to draw more attention to the dangers of driving with undiagnosed eye health conditions by putting my support behind Road Safety Week and continuing to work together with organisations such as the International Glaucoma Association.”

Sarah Zerbib, Head of Marketing & PR at the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) said:

“Glaucoma affects more than 600,000 people aged 40 and over in the UK, yet it is estimated that over 50% of the people concerned are undiagnosed and untreated. Many people do not understand what glaucoma is and according to research carried out by the IGA, 52% did not know that glaucoma mainly effects peripheral vision which could potentially have a detrimental impact on road safety.”

Road Safety Week is coordinated by the road safety charity Brake. To learn more about Road Safety Week and ways that you could help make our roads safer visit: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk


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