LOCAL primary school pupils are celebrating after winning an award in a national road safety competition.
First class from Scoil Naomh Mhuire in Greenore received the award for their poster ‘Buckle up and away we go’ in the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition
The class was presented with their award by Mr Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety, Research and Education at the RSA at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Monday, March 21.
Hundreds of entries were received for the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competitions.
The annual prize-giving ceremony saw over 280 schoolchildren and their teachers from ten primary schools recognised for their efforts to increase road safety awareness.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr Rowland said: “Today is an important day for us as this particular event recognises the commitment and creativity of young people like you to making our roads safer for everyone.
“For the RSA and for all of the agencies working in road safety, it is so encouraging to see so many of you here today representing the future of road safety and helping us with our job of keeping people safe on the roads. You are an example to all of us who use the roads.”
Mr Rowland added: “Last year, your good work helped us to save more lives on the road than ever before and for this I thank you.
“But it doesn’t stop here today. Take what you have learned from your parents and teachers about road safety and continue your good work both at home and in school.”
Chief Superintendent Gabriel McIntyre, An Garda Síochána said: “An Garda Síochána is delighted to support any campaign that promotes awareness and understanding of road safety among our younger road-users.
“Campaigns such as ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ highlight the importance of educating young road-users as early as possible so that they can develop good road safety behaviour. “
Children in first class become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ by taking a pledge to wear their seatbelts and making sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up too.