Anna May McHugh
A major exhibition called 'Safer Roads' takes place at the Punchestown Event centre on Sunday, April 10, from 2pm – 6pm
This event, which is free to attend and open to the public of all ages, aims to help make our roads a safer place to travel.
‘Safer Roads’ is interactive, informative and for every road user type, focusing on all aspects of road use; from cyclists and pedestrians to learner and novice drivers, Young Male Drivers (YMD), adult and senior drivers, drivers of agricultural machinery, tyre safety, the impact of a collision plus much more.
The event is coordinated locally by Kildare County Council’s road safety officer and supported nationally by An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority plus many other stakeholders of road safety and the transport industry.
One woman who is also backing the event is Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association Anna May McHugh. Anna May got her driving licence over fifty years ago and has driven all over Ireland since then, encountering all types of road users and driver behaviour along the way.
Speaking to Kildare’s road safety officer Declan Keogh at the Clanard Court Hotel in Athy last week, Anna May said while she feels the roads have improved considerably over the years she would like to see more courtesy being used by drivers on the roads.
“One of the bigger obstacles I noticed was on the approach to roundabouts. A lot of people, it seems, might not know how to use the roundabout correctly, and by attending the Safer Roads event, we can all learn how to better ourselves on the road.
“My appeal to every driver is to be vigilant and to have patience and above all be courteous to other drivers and road users. It costs nothing to be courteous and even to give a simple wave or an acknowledgment to someone who may let you out at a junction.
We can all learn, young and old and by attending this major event in Punchestown it is a great opportunity for us all to freshen up on our own driving skills and even learn more than what we know already”.
A number of workshops will take place while there will also be lots of information provided at the event. A full list of activities taking place at the exhibition can be found on the website www.saferroads.ie