Respect, responsibility and trust are the cornerstones of safe driving according to Kilkenny hurling manager, Brian Cody.
The sporting legend was the guest of honour at a road safety show which was presented by Garda Sean McMahon of Kilkenny Traffic Corps to hundreds of transition year students from across the county.
“It is hoped that the presentation will inform you, the drivers of the future, of the dangers that exist on our roads,” said Superintentendant Padraig Dunne.
The presentation addressed the four main causes of road fatalities - speed, intoxication, fatigue and safety belts.
“The objective is to educate and hopefully adjust driver attitiude and behaviour and hopefully reduce the number of collision’s on our roads,” he said.
Brian Cody addressed the young audience and explained that being part of the driving community was similar to belonging to a team.
“It is a wonderful thing to be able to drive and it is hugely positive as it gives you independence. You have to earn the right to be part of that group and to ensure that you stay part of the group.
“The first thing is respect - it is vitally important. Firstly you have to have huge respect for yourself and your safety and you have to have respect for everyone else in the driving community.
“The consequences of dangerous driving are horrific. When you get behind the steering wheel you are dealing with a deadly weapon that can kill and you are dicing with death everytime you get into a car,” he added.
He also pointed out the importance of being responsible and trustworthy.
“It is terrific that these days young people realise the dangers of driving with drink taken. There can also be no tolerance of ‘showing off’ as this is often the cause of accidents. There is no room for thinking that you can take a chance when it comes to driving,” he added.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Pat Dunphy also spoke at the event and told the audience that they ‘have their lives in front of them’.
Mayor Martin Brett also spoke about the preciousness of life and the importance of ‘making the blueprint of your own live’.
Road safety officer with Kilkenny County Council, High Hunter explained that the presentation was part of an annual programme of events.