Saturday 20 January 2018

Sheriff lays down law on road safety

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

Kevin Sheedy (7) at the awards in Dublin yesterday. Robbie Reynolds

THERE'S a new sheriff in town and you'd better belt up when she's around.

Ciara O'Reilly (7) from first class at St Colmcille's National School, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, took the first prize yesterday at the national Seatbelt Sheriff presentation at Dublin Castle.

The competition encourages children to get involved in saving lives on the road by educating them on buckling up and wearing high-visibility clothing.

Ciara O'Reilly took first prize in the competition for her school's poster, 'Mind Yourself, Mind Me, Buckle Up and Think Safety'.

Second class students from Scoil Mocheallog, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, took first prize in the 'Hi-Glo Silver' competition for their poster, 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't!'

Runners-up in the Seatbelt Sheriff competition were: first class, Scoil Mocheallog, Co Limerick; first class, Waterpark National School, Waterford; first class, Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Co Louth; and first class, Scoil Mologa, Dublin.

The Hi-Glo Silver runners up were: Dylan Collins, Paddock National School, Co Laois; Lily Heaney, St Patrick's Junior School, Skerries, Co Dublin; second class, Gaelscoil Lios na nOg, Raghnallach, Dublin; and second class, St John of God's National School, Kilkenny.

Michael Rowland of the Road Safety Authority said the children's commitment to road safety was an example to all.

Chief Superintendent Gabriel McIntyre said the campaign highlighted the importance of educating young road-users as early as possible on road safety.

Irish Independent

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