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04 April 2017

Road Safety Authority buckles up for annual Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi-Glo Silver Awards

The Authority rewards school children’s commitment to road safety for the thirteenth year

Over 200 primary school children were in Dublin Castle today for the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards.

Now in its thirteenth year, the RSA hosted children from schools in Dublin, Limerick, Carlow, Louth, Galway, Clare, Cork and Mayo to celebrate their efforts in making the roads safer. One of the most vibrant and lively road safety events of the year, the children received special awards for their exceptional dedication to keeping themselves, friends and families safe on our roads.

Hundreds of entries were received for the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ poster competitions. First class students from Castletown Girls National School in Dundalk, Co. Louth took the top prize in the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition for their poster, ‘Secure Our Future’. Students from Second Class in Scoil Mhuire na nGael from Dundalk, Co. Louth took first prize in the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition for their poster, ‘Ready, Steady, Glow’.

This year we opened up the competition to a public vote on the RSA Facebook page and Askeaton National School in Co. Limerick won the award from the public vote for the Seatbelt Sheriff competition and Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk, Co. Louth won the public vote for the Hi Glo Silver competition.

The awards were presented by Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA and Superintendent Con O’Donohue, An Garda Síochána.

Speaking about the importance of the awards for developing road safety skills at a young age, Moyagh Murdock, said: “Our Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards give school children the opportunity to learn valuable road safety skills in a fun and imaginative way. I want to congratulate all of the award winners, runners-up and their teachers for their admirable and creative projects, which truly demonstrate their dedication to road safety. It is my desire that the lessons learned will stay with these children throughout their lifetime, keeping themselves, peers and their loved ones safe on our roads.”

In the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition, the runners up were:

  • Click me in and go for a spin - Askeaton National School, Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  • Have you felt for your seatbelt? - Borris Mixed National School, Borris, Co. Carlow
  • Prevent your life unravelling by safe travelling - SN Naomh Breandán, Eanach Dhuin, Co. na Gaillimhe
  • Crios Dúnta Slán Abhaile - St. John's National School, Logboy, Tulrahan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

In the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition, the runners up were:

  • Why did the chicken cross the road? To show off his new high vis - Clooney NS, Carrahan, Tulla, Co. Clare
  • Out for a jog or walking your dog - Askeaton National School, Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  • Day or Night, Stay Bright - St. Marnock's National School, The Strand Road, Portmarnock, Dublin
  • If you're bright, you'll be alright - Barryroe National School, Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork

Superintendent Con O’Donohue, An Garda Síochána said: “On behalf of An Garda Síochána, I want to congratulate all the students here today on their fantastic work. The ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ Awards help our youngest and most vulnerable road-users to learn vital road safety skills. We are appealing to parents and teachers around the country to build on the work being done in schools and at home by establishing safe and responsible road use at all times.”

‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes, for children in first and second class in primary school. The competition encourages children to get involved in saving lives on the road by teaching them the importance of buckling up and wearing high visibility clothing.


‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes for children in first and second class in primary school. 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.

Further information on the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ educational programmes is available at www.seatbeltsheriff.ie



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