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Do you know your Highway Code?
THINK you know the Highway Code? Well a small survey by Bridgwater police officers suggests you shouldn't be so sure.
Police held a road safety day at the EDF Energy Information Centre at the Angel Place Shopping Centre, and asked visitors to identify six traffic signs.
Some 241 visitors took the test, and more than a quarter (26%) failed to identify the uneven road sign (pictured) and only a fifth got them all right.
Anybody scoring 100% was rewarded with sweets, while everybody else was given a free copy of the Highway Code to brush up on their knowledge.
Additionally, motorists had the opportunity to take a vision test at the shop, reading a standard number plate from 20.5 metres, the distance required under the guidelines in the Highway Code.
Those who struggled to read the number plate were given complimentary eye test vouchers to use at Specsavers in Bridgwater.
In addition to this joint enterprise with EDF Energy, police had cycle displays offering handy hints on bike maintenance and safety, while the very young were given a reminder of how to cross the road safely and where, while having the chance to dress up in police uniform.
Sgt Steve Crago said: “This was a great opportunity for the police to highlight some of the basic problems that the force are seeing day on day, operationally.
“There has been an increase in drivers failing roadside eye sight tests so this was a great opportunity for drivers to do a quick check of their own vision.
“Nine individuals had problems seeing the number plate and were offered a discounted professional eye sight test.
“Only 20% of 241 people got 100% of the road signs correct. Needless to say we ran out of the free Highway Code books distributed to those not getting six out of six.”
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