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Dundalk gardai keep a close eye on aspiring students' driving skills

David Lynch

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David Lynch

Dundalk gardai keep a close eye on aspiring students' driving skills

Dundalk gardai keep a close eye on students' driving skills

Transition Year students in St. Vincent's school had a busy week recently as they each took short driving lessons in the school grounds recently as part of a road safety campaign.

The girls were able to practise their parking manoeuvres and three point turns as well as gaining some practical tips and guidance to help them on their journey to becoming responsible road users.

Garda Barbara Bracken from the Dundalk Roads Policing Unit delivered a sobering presentation on the dangers of careless driving, the catastrophic impact speed can have on our roads and the importance of wearing seatbelts correctly.

The road safety campaign is aimed at young drivers and drivers of the future and encourages them to take responsibility for their behaviour on our roads, both as drivers and passengers.

While road deaths were down overall last year, to date there has already been an increase in fatalities compared to this time last year.

Garda Bracken also reminded the girls to take action if they felt they were in a car which was being carelessly driven, to speak out and ask the driver to let them out if necessary.