500 students to be hit hard on road safety

A hard hitting road safety road show will take place in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge on Wednesday 23rd May at 11am. The AXA and Kildare County Council road safety road show is an award winning, graphic show targeting Transition Year and Leaving Cert Applied students and Youthreach members from schools across the county. 500 students will see and hear first hand the causes, effects and consequences of a road traffic collision.

A hard hitting road safety road show will take place in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge on Wednesday 23rd May at 11am. The AXA and Kildare County Council road safety road show is an award winning, graphic show targeting Transition Year and Leaving Cert Applied students and Youthreach members from schools across the county. 500 students will see and hear first hand the causes, effects and consequences of a road traffic collision.

The audience will hear how a trip home for three young men ended in tragedy when the vehicle they were traveling was involved in a collision. Brothers Mikey and David Harris and their best friend Fintan ‘Reggie’ Lalor died following the crash in December 2005. The mother of the brothers Mikey and David Harris will tell the students how her life changed following the crash.

The show involves Kildare Gardai, Fire and Ambulance services and an A&E Consultant from Naas General Hospital. Kildare Civil Defence will also assist with crowd control and student welfare. Kildare’s road safety officer Declan Keogh says this type of road show is crucial to change the mind set of the drivers of tomorrow. “It is necessary that this type of road shows is delivered, in fact it is crucial. The show is hard hitting, graphic and very real. It is always amazing to see the reaction of the students, the expressions on their faces and the shock factor because, apart from hearing about fatal collisions in the news, this is as real and close as students will get to see what road safety is all about, and I hope that they will take everything on board and change their mind set when it comes to being a driver or passenger from here on”.