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RSA places awards in safe hands

A TEACHER who set up after-school classes to teach young people how to cycle safely has been honoured for his work promoting road safety, writes Paul Melia.

Tommy Duffy, a teacher in the Holy Family National School in Swords, Co Dublin, picked up the 'Road Safety Ambassador' award yesterday at the Road Safety Authority (RSA) awards.

Mr Duffy established a Cycling Safety Training Club in his school, and runs courses during lunch and after school three days a week.

The courses provide advice on road positioning, rules of the road and bicycle maintenance to sixth-class pupils.

He was among 14 groups and individuals honoured at the Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards at Dublin Castle.

RSA chairman Gay Byrne said the RSA could not reduce the number of fatal and serious crashes without the help of people in the community.

Irish Independent