Wednesday 17 January 2018

Plea to parents over teen road safety

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

ROAD safety chiefs pleaded with parents yesterday to ensure their teenagers are not killed on the roads while celebrating their Junior Cert results tonight.

More than 57,000 students get their results today, and the Road Safety Authority ( RSA ) urged parents and guardians to talk to them about how to celebrate in a safe way.

In previous years, the celebrations have been marred by scenes of drunkenness late at night and in the early hours, and teen revellers, who have acquired alcohol illegally may put themselves in danger of being killed or injured on the road.

The authority, in a statement issued yesterday, said research revealed that young adults between the age of 14 and 16 were three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision than those under 14 years.

Noel Brett, RSA chief executive, told parents to make sure they knew where their teenagers were going, who they were going with and how they intended to get home.

"As a parent, the worst news you could hear is that something has happened to your child," Mr Brett said.

"And unfortunately, the reality is that young people aged 14 to 16 are at three times higher risk of being involved in a collision.

"So we would ask all parents and guardians to make sure you talk to your son and daughter about being safe on the roads tonight," he added.

The RSA is also advising teachers to support parents by using a part of today's lessons to remind them of the dangers of unsafe behaviour on the roads.

Irish Independent

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