Kildare students attend Road Safety day in Newbridge

Kildare’s drivers of the future were given a sobering presentation on road safety in Newbridge on Wednesday 23 May.

Kildare’s drivers of the future were given a sobering presentation on road safety in Newbridge on Wednesday 23 May.

Around 500 Transition Year, Leaving Cert Applied and Youthreach members from all over the county attended the annual AXA and Kildare County Council Road Safety Road Show at the Keadeen Hotel.

Students were stunned into silence by the hard-hitting show, with members of Kildare’s emergency services explaining how they would respond to a road traffic accident and urging students to drive responsibly.

Dolores Harris from Maganey in Athy also spoke to the students. In December 2005, her two sons Mikey and David were killed in an accident near her home, along with their friend Fintan Lalor who was a passenger in the car. She spoke of the effect that accident has had on her life ever since.

The show ended with a positive message by Mayor of Kildare Michael “Spike” Nolan, who mentioned the fact that there have been no deaths on Kildare roads so far this year.

“The biggest celebration we can have is to keep that figure at zero,” he said.

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- Liam Godinho