At an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle, 2nd Class pupils from St John of God’s National School, Kilkenny received an award in the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition for their poster ‘Go with the Glo’. The pupils were presented with their award by Mr Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety, Research and Education at the RSA at the annual ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ prize-giving ceremony.
Over 280 schoolchildren and their teachers from ten primary schools attended the ceremony at Dublin Castle to receive awards for their projects on road safety.
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.”
“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. Congratulations to all of you on your excellent projects, and thank you also to the teachers and parents who continue to encourage young people to think about road safety.”
The competition, which has been running since 2004, encourages primary school children to get involved in saving lives on the road by educating them on the importance of buckling up and wearing high visibility clothing. 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. Once they become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’, they can flash their sheriff’s badge so that everyone they’re travelling with knows that they must wear their seatbelts.
After becoming honorary ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ in first class, ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ encourages second class students to wear bright clothing when they are out walking or cycling. They will pledge to wear jackets, armbands or belts and remind their parents, family and friends to do the same. Just like becoming a ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’, pupils will receive a certificate that gives them the power to instruct everyone when they walk or cycle to wear safety gear.
Hundreds of entries were received for the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competitions, but it was the the pupils from 2nd Class, St John of God’s National School, Kilkenny who triumphed.
The runners up in the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition were: 1st Class in Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Greenore, Co. Louth; 1st Class, Waterpark National School, Park Road, Waterford; 1st Class, Scoil Mocheallog in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick and 1st Class, Scoil Mologa, Cros an Arcild, Baile Átha Cliath.
Further information on the Road Safety Authority’s Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver campaigns is available at www.seatbeltsheriff.ie.