The Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of people to improve road safety in their communities. The awards provide a special opportunity for members of the public to honour the contribution of exceptional people to making our roads safer for everyone.
The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th October 2010 in Dublin Castle, where the Supreme Award winner was presented to an individual for the most innovative and outstanding road safety initiative, and for their leadership and exemplary dedication to the area of road safety.
National school teacher Tommy Duffy,Holy Family National School in Swords Co.Dublin who established a Cycling Safety Training Club in his school to promote safe cycling among the pupils, won the Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Supreme Award’ for road safety.
Pictured at the Road Safety Authority's 2010 'Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards' at Dublin Castle is 'Supreme Award' winner Tommy Duffy, a teacher at Holy Family National School in Swords, and Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman of the Road Safety Authority.
Leading Lights in Road Safety were handed out in twelve categories including Education(Primary, Secondary and Third Level), Community, Open, Road Safety Officer, Public Sector, Local Print Media, Local Broadcast Media, National Media, Business and Approved Driving Instructor.
The award winners are as follows:
||St Aiden’s National School from Monasteraden, Co. Sligo who received the award for their work in promoting road safety through a DVD and reinforcing road safety messages to all pupils.|
||John the Baptist Community School in Hospital, Co. Limerick for their project ‘Don’t Break My Heart – Drive to Stay Alive’ which aims to promote road safety among young road-users through creative campaigns such as road safety lollipops, hoodies and Christmas cards.|
||Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the Garda Road Safety Unit for their College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project which targets 17 to 24 year old students of DIT and requires students to apply their specialist subject skills in various areas of road safety as part of their course work.|
||2 awards went to The Cavan Centre, and Brain Injury Ireland (BRÍ) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) for their work. The Cavan Centre is a voluntary community development project and received an award for their efforts to educate primary school children in road safety. BRÍ and the NRH were awarded for their work to increase awareness among Transition Year students of what an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is, its causes, with particular emphasis on injuries as a result of road traffic collisions, through visits to the National Rehabilitation Hospital, presentations by other agencies working in road safety and victims who have lost loved ones as a result of road collisions.|
||Ardagh Foróige Club from Co. Mayo who promoted the wearing of high visibility clothing among their peers and in the local community through their ‘Glow Show’.|
|Road Safety Officer
||Mr Noel Gibbons, Mayo County Council, for his work to promote road safety in Mayo and support and complement the work of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána through national campaigns.|
||Garda Tony Miniter who set up The Lifesaver Project as an educational road safety programme using hard hitting Irish and international road safety messages to educate secondary school students, with an emphasis on young male road-users.|
|Local Print Media
||Derry Journal for their work in consistently putting road safety on the agenda.|
|Local Broadcast Media
||Shannonside Radio for promoting road safety throughout December 2009 with the help of An Garda Síochána.|
Jenny McCudden for her book and documentary, ‘Impact’, which told the human stories behind the statistics on deaths and injuries on Irish roads.
||ESB for their commitment to ensuring their staff are safe on the roads at all times.|
|Approved Driving Instructor
||Mr Brian Conlan, and ADI from Newbridge, Co. Kildare who in addition to providing instruction to novice drivers, set up www.drivingtesttips.ie to provide advice and tips to people who are taking their driving test. |
Pictured Aliyah Foley (7) and Emnet Davis (7) from St Aiden's National School in Monasteraden, Co. Sligo are pictured with Gay Byrne, Chairman of the Road Safety Authority, at the 2010 'Leading Lights in Road Safety' in Dublin Castle. St Aiden's National School received the 'Education (Primary)' award for their work in promoting road safety through an educational DVD with tips for how to stay safe on the roads. The DVD was filmed by the older students in the school. The DVD has helped reinforce the message of road safety to all pupils at the school and has encouraged them to be more aware of their safety when cycling or walking to school.
Pictured at the Road Safety Authority's 2010 'Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards' at Dublin Castle is Garda Tony Miniter from Limerick, his daughter Adriana and Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman of the Road Safety Authority. Garda Miniter, who is based in Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick was awarded the 'Public Sector' Award for his promotion of road safety among high risk road-users in Limerick through the Lifesaver Project. The Lifesaver Project is an educational road safety programme which uses hard hitting Irish and international road safety messages to educate secondary school students, third level students, and people in the workplace on road safety issues. Garda Miniter works with local Gardaí, members of the local authorities and paramedics to support and deliver the Lifesaver Project throughout Limerick.
The ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards are just one of the events taking place during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which was held from Monday 11th October to Saturday 17th October 2010. Visit Irish Road Safety Week for further information on the activities planned for your county.