Friday 23 February 2018

Leading lights in road safety receive awards for efforts

Colm Kelpie

Two schoolchildren have won a top road safety prize and €15,000 grant to install traffic-calming measures after they clocked cars roaring through their village at speeds of up to 104kmh.

The teenagers were among a host of people honoured at a ceremony yesterday on road safety, including Irish Independent journalists Paul Melia and Treacy Hogan.

Niamh Kearney (14) and Tadgh O'Shea (15), of Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai in Bantry, Co Cork, monitored cars travelling through their village Kealkill.

Niamh said they spent two hours on Sunday and Thursday evenings over June and July gauging the speed using a speed gun.

"We decided to pick the project because we noticed the speed was very fast going through the village," Niamh said.

Teacher Tara O'Neill said the third-year students had done the school proud and had been working on the project for about six months.

The €15,000 grant is to be used for installing speed-calming barriers.

Mr Melia and Mr Hogan were presented with a 'Leading Light in Road Safety' award at the ceremony in Farmleigh for their in-depth coverage of road safety through breaking news stories and comprehensive analysis.

"Paul and Treacy have made road safety a prominent part of the national news agenda and have repeatedly highlighted the dangers caused by reckless driving, while also acknowledging that most young drivers obey the law," the Road Safety Authority said.

"The newspaper has also revealed a crackdown on drug drivers as well as the increased sanctions on learner drivers who break road traffic laws."

The pair were among 14 winners of 'Leading Lights' awards, with Niamh and Tadgh honoured with a 'Supreme Award'.

Irish Independent

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