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Meg calls on all drivers to have regular eye tests

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Meg Munn MP attended an RSA Insurance Group’s ‘Fit to Drive’ road safety and eye health drop-in eye test meeting in Parliament. The event was highlighting the UK’s minimum eye health standards when driving, and was supported by road safety charity Brake and the Optical Confederation.

Research shows that poor vision results in nearly 3,000 casualties in the UK each year. In addition to injury and loss of life, road crashes are costly for individuals, their families and the wider economy. The total cost of crashes due to poor driver vision is estimated to be 33 million a year.

RSA and the Optical Confederation have published a new report, Healthy Eyes, Safer Roads, which shows how regular eye testing can keep all road users safer and sets out recommendations to ensure more tests take place. Drivers who fall below the minimum standards are 15% more likely to crash their vehicle although in many cases they are unaware of their poor or deteriorating eye health.

During the event Meg found out more about how this issue affects Sheffield and had her eyes tested by a qualified Specsavers optometrist. She also signed the Fit to Drive pledge committing to having her eyes checked every two years, wearing glasses or lenses to drive if they need them and encouraging others to do the same. 

Meg said:

“Drivers should take their responsibilities for their own and other people’s safety extremely seriously. An important part is making sure their eyesight meets the standards required and they wear their glasses or lenses every time they drive if they need them.

Thousands of crashes happen every year because of poor vision, at great cost to those involved and to the economy as a whole. I’m glad to say that I’m fit to drive but it’s vital everyone gets their eyes tested regularly to make sure they are safe too.”

Healthy Eyes, Safer Roads is available from: http://news.rsagroup.com/pressrelease/view/1460

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