Important new research commissioned by insurance firm RSA has uncovered a hitherto unsuspected link between not being able to see and driving into things. Road safeness charity Brake has worked out that people with poor eyesight cause 2,900 casualties per annum. Every time they do this it costs someone or other £33 million.
These sobering statistics highlight the need to get tough on people who can’t see where they are going, Brake argues. “we need a scientific eyesight test at the start of your driving career,” Brake woman Julie Towelsend insists, “and compulsory retests at least every 10 years thereafter.” The current numberplate reading test simply isn’t good enough, Brake says.
Anyone who fails to have a voluntary eye test every two years, Brake argues, is quite literally playing Schnipp-Schnapp with the lives of others. “Road crashes are not accidents,” the Brake website insists, arguing that the use of the word accident “causes insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by drivers taking risks on roads.”
How hardcore anti road death lobbyists like Brake would feel about the 7% of drivers who confessed a while back in a survey for insurer L>V that they needed glasses to drive but didn’t always bother wearing them, Bankstone shudders to think.
So, Dear Reader, now that you know how many partially-sighted motor murderers are lying in wait for you on the UK’s highways, perhaps you are starting to feel a little nervous? No? Well, put this in your information pipe: one in four of those who told LxV= that they do not wear glasses to drive admitted that they probably should.
So look out for squinty looking drivers. Remember: you can see them – assuming you’re wearing your glasses – but they can’t see you!