In January 2012 Kilkenny County Council and An Garda Siochana announced a new joint road safety awareness initiative. As part of the continued campaign to increase road safety awareness and reduce carnage on our roads, they launched the inaugural Kilkenny Schools Road Safety Quiz.
The main aim of the quiz was to increase awareness of road safety among young students. The quiz was targeted at transition year students and was to be held in conjunction with the Garda Road Show which is held in Watergate Theatre each year. The quiz was confined to transition year pupils as they were the group who will be our next set of road users. The schools invited traffic Gardai or road safety officer from to talk in school prior to quiz.
Each player on the team must have attended the Garda Roadshow held at Watergate on April 17 and 18.
Questions were based on Rules of the Road, as published by Road Safety Authority, with special emphasis on Driver Theory Test.
Hugh Hunter from Kilkenny County Council Road Safety section and Sgt Con Dooley from Kilkenny Traffic Corps set the questions.
“We were delighted on this the first such quiz, ten teams took part from 6 of the local secondary schools - St Kierans, Loreto, St Johns College, Colaiste Pobail, Cstlccomer Community School, CBS Kilkeny adn CBS Callan,” Sgt Dooley said.
Mr Michael Shortall was an excellent quizmaster and after a very tight contest CBS Callan Team B were the winners. There was a three way tie for second and after a tie break round, Callan CBS team A came second and Castlecomer Team A came third,
A perpetual silver cup sponsored by Kilkenny County Council Road Safety Section was presented to the winning team by Supt Pascal Connolly Regional Traffic Superintendent who thanked all participants.
At the end of the night participants were treated to some light refreshments before making their way home.