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Rosie Cooper MP backs Road Safety Week and calls on drivers to commit to regular sight tests

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Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, is giving her support to Road Safety Week, urging constituents to stay slow, sober, secure, silent, sharp-eyed and sustainable when driving.

These six elements of safer driving are part of the ‘pledge’ road safety charity Brake is asking motorists to commit to in order to reduce accidents and make roads less dangerous.

As part of Road Safety Week, Brake and the Optical Confederation are also working together to remind drivers of the importance of having regular sight tests to remain ‘sharp-eyed’ on the roads. Good eyesight is essential for safe driving and a key pledge in the Brake campaign - poor vision can impair driving performance and leads to an estimated 2900 accidents a year.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “It seems obvious, yet most people simply do not think about how dangerous driving with poor vision can be. Road Safety Week reminds drivers of their responsibilities to protect themselves, pedestrians and other road users from harm. I hope that all drivers in West Lancashire will sign up to the Brake pledge, and in particular make sure they have a regular sight test.”

Jenny Gowen, on behalf of the Optical Confederation, said: “We are fully behind the Brake campaign. We encourage all drivers to think about their vision, and if they have any concerns to talk to their optician – they can provide advice to ensure that you continue to drive safely.”

Mike Carr, Brake’s Public Affairs Advisor, said: “Commitment to regular eye checks should be one major step towards safer driving that we know will ultimately save lives.”

The two organisations have produced a poster which will be displayed in optical practices across the country to remind people of the importance of good eye health when driving.

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