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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Teenagers pick up safety tips during 'road' awareness week

David Tucker

Published 10/12/2013 | 05:42

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Dominic Smith RSA, Roisin Walsh and Ciara Brady

THE ROAD Safety Authority of Ireland 'roadshow' shuttle and simulator were on hand at the Presentation Secondary School in Wexford last week to provide some timely advice to TY students.

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THE ROAD Safety Authority of Ireland 'roadshow' shuttle and simulator were on hand at the Presentation Secondary School in Wexford last week to provide some timely advice to TY students.

Teacher Michelle Curran said the girls had been very busy the last number of weeks preparing for their Road Safety Awareness Week in the school.

As part of their Road Safety module in TY, together with Mrs Curran, the TYs decided to create awareness around the issue of being safe on our roads, especially so for the young pedestrians and cyclists in the school, they planned many events leading up to and during Road Safety Awareness Week.

Committees were set up and were made up of transition year students, to oversee the event. Posters highlighting road safety were designed and displayed all over the school. Students gave presentations to the junior students during SPHE class on pedestrian and car safety.

School corridors were turned into a roadway, road signs were also displayed all along corridors to create the illusion of being on a road. Competitions were held daily based on knowledge of the rules of the road and linked in with the road signs on display around the school. Lots of Hi Vis products were distributed during the week.

Their hard work had a major impact on the whole school community and road safety was the topic of everyone's conversation during the week.

In conjunction with Road Safety Awareness Week, the RSA Road Safety Shuttle and Simulator arrived to the school for three days.

The shuttle provided had many facilities onboard. Hazard perception was measured, reaction time was measured, the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol were shown, theory test questions could be practiced and a motorbike simulator was used to practice driving skills. The car simulator was the most effective of the demonstrations, students sat into a car and were rotated 360 degrees as in a road accident. Road Safety experts were on hand to inform all students on the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

Senior students from other schools were also invited to attend the event.

Following the very effective week of awareness, students are now more aware of the importance of road safety.

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