Some 2,000 secondary school students from across Leinster attended a road safety roadshow in Punchestown this morning.
There was be a major road safety exhibition open to members of the public from 10am to 2pm.
The event, which is being held as part of the Gathering, will be the biggest road safety event of its kind in Ireland to date, according to Declan Keogh, Kildare County Council’s Road Safety officer.
Two ‘Irish’ NYPD Officers’ attended on the day as part of the gathering festival, with their new law enforcement officer called ‘Tango Bot’.
The Road Safety Authority’s interactive Shuttle and roll-over car plus the Garda National Road Safety exhibition were also present plus 18 other related exhibitors.
A number of VIPs and celebrity guest were expected on the day. Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey represented the Garda Commissioner at the event on the day.
Students attending the special roadshow will see for the first time the most shocking and hard hitting road safety show to date so far.
According to Mr Keogh, it will be a very powerful, interactive and informative show, with graphic and true information from real people, involved in real life collisions.
“I’ve spent the last few months planning this event, it will be the biggest and most interactive road safety event of it’s kind ever held in the country to date.
“Given the considerable increase in road fatalities this year alone, I’m not even sure if the hard hitting videos and content we have lined up for the show is hard enough for the students, and believe me, they are shockingly real,” he added
“The feedback so far has been positive and the thoughts are that the students need to see the full insight into the causation and consequences of any type of a collision.”