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Local Children lead the Way to Better Road Safety

Westmeath County Council is committed to raising awareness of Road Safety issues. Through competitions with local National schools, the Council hopes that children will become a catalyst to encouraging their parents and family members  to adopt even more good road safety practices whether in a car or walking or on a bicycle!

In the recent Road Safety Poster  Competition held by Westmeath County Library Service and the Road Safety Officer, the high level  of awareness of Road safety issues came through loud and clear. Back seat Distractions, Respect cyclists, When you see the bus, watch out for us were a few of the colourful, catchy and thought provoking posters created by 11-13 year olds.

At a special award ceremony in the Atrium of Westmeath County Council, Paula O’Dornan, A/County Librarian was joined by Colm Smith, Road Safety Officer with Westmeath County Council and Clr. John Shaw, Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council to mark the presentation of prizes to the winners. 

The winners in the 11-13 year age category were: Anna Gillespie, Anna Rodgers, Aoibhinn Sullivan, Caoimhe Ginnell, Ciara Baird, Eimear Kiernan, Emma Lyne, Eva Fagan. Grace Rami, Isabel Fleeson Weller, Kathryn Murray, Laura Delaney, Nadine Connolly, Niamh Corcoran and Roisin Granahan.

25 schools took part in the Road Safety Competition with the following schools having winners in the 11-13 year category: Castlepollard Parochial School, St Brigids NS, Ballynacarrigy. St Cremin’s NS., Multyfarnham, St Michael’s N.S., Castlepollard, St Fintan’s N.S., Lismacaffrey, St. Mary’s N.S., Rathowen, Scoil Padraig Naofa, Dysary and St Michael’s N.S., Castletown Geoghegan

The Cathaoirleach paid tribute to winners saying ”the high standard of the entries is a testimony to the good work of our schools in raising awareness and promoting road safety to our young people and the wider community’.

In addition, Colm Smith welcomed Emma Whyte, a 5th class student from St Cremin’s NS Multyfarnham. Emma received a special prize in recognition of her promotion of Road Safety during National Science Week. Emma created a video which  demonstrated the importance of wearing a seatbelt even when travelling at low speeds.

Find out more about Road Safety by visiting the national Road Safety Authority website www.rsa.ie for leaflets, videos and general information on Road Safety.

 Winner Road Safety -Special Award

Winner Road Safety 11-13 Group 1

Winner Road Safety 11-13 Group 3

Winner Road Safety 11-13 Group 2

Winner Road Safety 11-13 Group 4

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 08/01/2018