Raising road safety awareness

HUNDREDS of transition-year students from every corner of the corner attended the RAW road safety event which was held at Cillín Hill recently to mark the launch of Road Safety Week.

HUNDREDS of transition-year students from every corner of the corner attended the RAW road safety event which was held at Cillín Hill recently to mark the launch of Road Safety Week.

David Behan, a motor mechanic from Michael Lyng Motors, spoke about mechanical principles, weight displacement and vehicle dynamics.

Brian Gibson from Ballyragget, who is a survivor of a high-speed head-on collision, gave a talk on his accident and his recovery and how his attitude towards driving has changed since the accident.

Annette Keating spoke of her daughter Natasha, who lost her life on the Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny last year. Brenda Bolger, who was involved in organising the event, told the Kilkenny People that the speakers held the room in their hands and one could have heard a pin drop.

Sgt Con Dooley of Kilkenny gardaí also spoke to the group with powerful information and emotion.

After hearing the guest speakers, the students were invited outside to view a demonstration of a reconstructed road side rescue. The fire service and civil defence rescued the ‘live casualty’ from within the vehicle. The vehicle was provided by Bernard Comerford’s 24-hour recovery.

“Not only was he kind enough to provide us with a vehicle but he permitted the fire service to remove the roof from it. All those involved donated their time to promote road safety which is truly commendable and the event was supported by Kilkenny County Council,” added Ms Bolger.