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Sheffield MP Keeps Her Eyes on the Road

Sheffield MP keeps her eyes on the road

March 2012

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is getting behind the wheel of a national eyecare campaign in a bid to warn the UK's 34 million motorists of the dangers of driving without roadworthy vision.

Meg, who is a passionate campaigner on road safety issues and in particular the role good vision plays in safe driving, has joined forces with the Eyecare Trust charity and Sheffield-based health insurance provider Westfield Health to promote the Eyes on the Road campaign.

The campaign aims to highlight motorists' legal obligation to ensure their vision meets the required eyesight standards every time they drive and raise awareness of new legislation due to be introduced into UK law later this year.

Meg said: "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.

"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.

This campaign is a great way for people to find out more about vision and driving and what the proposed changes in legislation could mean for them.

It is also 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."

Chairman of the Eyecare Trust, Dharmesh Patel, comments: "Westfield Health and the Trust are delighted to have Meg on board with the Eyes on the Road campaign and we look forward to working with her in the coming months as we promote the importance of good vision when driving on business or for pleasure."

Dharmesh continues: "With an estimated nine million road-users driving with vision that falls below the DVLA's minimum eyesight standards we have got a big job ahead of us to educate the public and employers of their responsibilities to ensure their, or their employees, vision is roadworthy.

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