British drivers are risking huge fines and putting lives at risk because they won’t wear their glasses.

A stubborn one in eight drivers who have been told they need glasses by their optician admitted to not always wearing them while at the wheel.

And nearly half (43 per cent) of those arrogantly said it was because they didn’t think they needed them.

Unlimited fines Drivers who refuse to wear their glasses can be prosecuted for driving with uncorrected defective eyesight or for dangerous driving.

The first charge carries three penalty points and a fine based on income while the more serious offence of dangerous driving is punishable with an unlimited fine, driving ban and even jail.

The shocking attitudes were revealed in a survey of motorists by laser eye surgery clinic Focus Clinic.

It also found that 24 per cent of drivers blamed forgetfulness for failing to put on their glasses while a vain 23 per cent said they “want to look good” while driving.

Earlier this month three police forces in England announced plans to test the eyesight of every motorist they stop and immediately revoke the licence of anyone failing the basic test.

David Allamby, medical director of Focus Clinic, said: “The results make for concerning reading. “The law is black and white – you must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’. “Yet the stats from the survey show an arrogant disregard for this advice.

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By |2018-09-17T16:17:54+00:00September 17th, 2018|Recent Passes|
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