05.03.2012

MP backs use of contact lenses among drivers

MP backs use of contact lenses among drivers

By Alexa Kaczka

An MP from Sheffield has reiterated her support for a new campaign which is aiming to ensure that people use the correct vision correction when behind the wheel.

There has been much furore recently about how vital it is to have the right standard of eyewear when driving a car, after a number of high-profile accidents.

Associated studies have shown that many people who need vision correction are not wearing it when they get behind the wheel, and this has led to a national campaign to ensure there is a crackdown on this practice.

One of the key figures behind the initiative is Meg Munn, the Sheffield Heeley MP, who told the Sheffield Star that she hopes the Eyes on the Road campaign, promoted in conjunction with the Eyecare Trust charity and health insurance provider Westfield Health, will make a difference.

"As somebody who has worn glasses and contact lenses most of my life, I am well aware of how important it is to maintain roadworthy vision," she explained.

"Everyone's eyesight naturally deteriorates with age, so it's crucial to get your sight checked regularly in case you do need glasses or a different prescription."

She said the scheme will be a "great way" for people to find out more about vision and driving and what the proposed changes to legislation could mean for them.

This includes the coalition's proposals to alter the vision requirements for drivers, which would mean people do not need be able to see as far ahead as they currently do.

Ms Munn said it is "essential" that government takes the opportunity to do all it can to support drivers and make information readily available.

"I will continue to campaign on road safety issues in parliament to improve safety on our roads for drivers, pedestrians and other road users," she added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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