August is National Road Victim Month

Is your vision Road Worthy?

August was named National Road Victim Month after Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, and to remember Bridget Driscoll, the first person killed by a motor vehicle in 1896. Since then, more than half a million people have died on Britain’s roads.

Poor driver vision is thought to cause about 2,900 accidents each year. Some studies say that about 1.8 million drivers can’t see well enough to meet the legal minimum standard. 

In the coming weeks, police will be doing roadside checks as part of a nationwide effort to remind drivers that it is their legal responsibility to make sure their car is safe to drive every time they get behind the wheel.

If someone is driving with vision that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, they could get a fine of up to £1,000, three points on their licence and even potential disqualification. 

Under a law called Cassie’s Law, a police officer can immediately take away a driver’s licence if they fail a roadside number plate test and are deemed unsafe to be on the road.

Don’t take chances. If it’s been two years since your last eye exam and you drive a car, even if it’s just around town and only during the day, schedule one now. If you’re over 60 and haven’t had an eye exam in at least two years, you can get one for free through the NHS. Getting your eyes checked every two years, unless your optometrist tells you otherwise, will help keep your eyesight from becoming a danger on the road.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner, NPCC lead for roads policing, said: “Personal responsibility is the starting point for safer roads. 

“It’s really important to make sure your eyesight meets the standards for driving. Only you can do this to keep yourself and everyone else safe on the road.” 

Don’t put it off, book your eye exam in #Meltham on 01484 907090, #Greenfield 01457 353 100 or #Marsden 01484 76 88 88 now or book online at

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