Drivers urged to check eyes

Lorraine Fullbrook, Conservative candidate for South Ribble
Lorraine Fullbrook, Conservative candidate for South Ribble
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South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook has called on drivers to have regular eye tests.

She is supporting the RSA’s ‘Fit to Drive’ campaign, aimed at improving road safety by calling for improved eye sight tests for motorists.

Research by the RSA, which provides motor insurance, shows that poor eyesight contributes to nearly 3,000 road related casualties every year and over 3,200 road traffic accidents in Lancashire alone.

The total cost of crashes due to poor vision nationally is estimated to be around £33m every year.

Lorraine has signed the ‘Fit to Drive’ pledge, committing to have her eyes checked every two years, wear glasses or lenses to drive and encourages others to do the same.

She said: “All drivers should take their responsibilities seriously, both for their own safety and for those around them.

“Ensuring their eyesight meets the required standard is an important part of this and could help to prevent thousands of crashes every year.

“I am glad to say that I am fit to drive, and I hope that others in South Ribble get their eyes tested regularly to make sure they are safe as well.”