Educating road users about road safety is one of the priorities of the government’s Road Safety Strategy 2007-2012. The Strategy acknowledges that education plays a crucial role in permanently reducing deaths and injuries on Irish roads.
Raising awareness and increasing understanding of road safety issues among schoolchildren and college students is one of the primary targets of the Strategy’s action plan.
Since the Strategy was published in 2007, the RSA has implemented a comprehensive integrated road safety education programme in pre-school, primary, post-primary, third level and in the community. This has been done in partnership many organisations including the Department of Education & Science, An Garda Síochána, the Health & Safety Authority and the Higher Education Authority.
I was honoured to be part of a road safety talk in Sligo in conjunction with Sligo Rotary Club where we delivered the importance of road safety to over 600 secondary school students over two days.
What a truely worthwhile message I believe they received from the talks and hopefully one that stays with them throughout their lives!