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Friday 19 September 2014

St. Colmcille's girls play it safe

Published 20/11/2012 | 09:58

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PUPILS FROM St. Colmcille's Girls National School in Swords have been busy working on the theme of 'road safety' over the past few months.

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Colmcille's Girls National School in Swords have been busy working on the theme of 'road safety' over the past few months. The junior infants have learned a lot of important information about keep safe on the roads during the darker days of winter. As part of this programme all the junior infants received a highvisibility vest to keep them safe on our roads and have been encouraged the girls to wear their them going to and from school, especially during the winter months. The vests are sponsored by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Electric Ireland as part of a campaign to promote safety among children. Noel Brett, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority urged parents, guardians and teachers to prioritise road safety, both at home and in school.

'While there has been a significant reduction in the number of children killed and seriously injured on our roads, any tragedy, particularly involving a young person, is one too many. Attitudes to road safety are formed from a very young age so I would encourage parents and teachers to take the time to talk to their children about road safety and make sure they practise good road safety behaviour at all times.' Mr Liam Molloy, General Manager, Electric Ireland said: ' This is a very important initiative for Electric Ireland and we are delighted to partner with the RSA for the third year running to promote road safety among our youngest road users and indeed their families.

'Since the beginning of this campaign, the RSA and Electric Ireland have distributed over 250,000 high visibility vests to children starting school. This has helped ensure that our youngest and most vulnerable road users are clearly visible on the roads at all times and reflects Electric Ireland's ongoing commitment to promoting safe road use at all times.' The RSA also has a number of other road safety resources for teachers and students including the 'Safe Cross Code', 'Street Smart', 'Be Safe', 'Let's Go', 'Seatbelt Sheriff ' and 'Hi Glo Silver' for primary level, all of which teach young road users how to use the roads safely.

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