Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service in collaboration with the Roads Section of the council, An Garda Siochanna, HSE and the RSA ran a “Road Safety Matters’ event in the Park Hotel Clonmel on Nov 27th 2018
The event was geared towards students from Transition year through to 6th year that are likely to be obtaining a driving licence in the near future. We had a number of speakers in the morning from members of the emergency services. The coroner also spoke about the impact of driving under the influence and the tragic result of road traffic accidents, but perhaps our most compelling presentation was that of a family member who has been affected by a road traffic accident. Christina Donnelly spoke about the impact losing her son has made on her life and that of her families. Christina campaigned to introduce the new drink driving laws to suspend drivers for 3 months if test positive for having alcohol in their system- Brendan’s Law after her son Brendan who was only 24 when his life was taken by a drunk driver.
After lunch the students were directed to the car park where a member of Clonmel Fire Station took them through a Road Traffic Collision (which we had staged in the enclosed car park).
Throughout the day the Road Safety Authority Ireland’s road shuttle and Roll Over Simulator was on site where students and teachers alike could experience the latest simulations and immersive technologies. Students were able to witness firsthand the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in the roll over simulator. They could practice their driving skills in the realistic car simulator or practice the Driver Theory Test on one of the interactive touch screens. RSA staff were on hand throughout taking questions and offering advice.
The day was a huge success it is so important to drive home the message that ROAD SAFETY MATTERS !!