Specsavers Athlone has donated hi-viz vests to children at St. Kieran’s Children’s Centre as part of the local Road Safety Week initiative which aims to keep children safe on Irish roads over the coming months.
St. Kieran’s is just one of the pre-schools that staff members visited as part of their mission one to give away 700 hi-viz vests to the preschools of the town and surrounding villages.
Between 1997 and 2012, 262 children aged between 0-14 were killed and 1115 were seriously injured on Irish roads.
Motorists often find it hard to see pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night or when visibility is poor and so it is vital that children are easily seen. This is an issue as many school uniforms are dark and most primary schools don‘t have rules about outer garments.
Specsavers Athlone also promotes road safety through our Drive Safe campaign, which calls for all drivers to have regular eye tests in order to be safe on the roads.