A NEW pilot road safety scheme for primary schoolchildren organised by local gardai and the Road Safety Authority was held last week.
The scheme – one of the first in the country – was held at the Ardee Parish Centre and children from the Monastery national school, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Ardee Educate Together and Ballapousta national school took part.
The children had a team of experts instructing them including members of the Louth-Meath Division Garda Traffic corps, the Road Safety Authority, Community Garda Pat Flynn, Supt. Eugene Brennan.
Also there was Garda Inspector Paul Kieran.
“We had a very positive response from the children,” Inspector Kieran said. “They really enjoyed it and it proved very educational.
“The older kids were able to use the road safety shuttle which simulates speeding or what happens when drivers are under the influence.
“These kids will be applying for a driving licence in a few years time so it is imperative that they learn at a young age the responsibility of being in charge of a vehicle.”
As with other safety campaigns this one is based on the three Es: engineering, education and enforcement.
Ardee Town Councillor Dolores Minogue, who recently helped set up a youth club in the town, has welcomed the pilot road safety scheme.
“This is an excellent scheme,” she said. “It could help save lives and should be adopted all over.”