Kildare teens attending suicide and road safety event

Hundreds of Kildare teenagers attended a suicide and road safety awareness event in Offaly this afternoon, Friday April 7.

Hundreds of Kildare teenagers attended a suicide and road safety awareness event in Offaly this afternoon, Friday April 7.

‘Teen Aware’ is an outdoor music and information event targetting teenagers from across the Midlands and East. The event takes place from 2pm to 10pm and the top acts such as Mundy, The Original Rude Boys, Na Fianna and Bressie will perform on stage.

Up to 2,500 teens are expected to attend the event, which is organised by Kildare, Laois and Offaly County Council, the Road Safety Authority and the emergency services.

Experienced people will be on-hand to provide information about suicide prevention and road safety awareness. As part of the event, a simulated crash exercise will take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Kildare County Council’s Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh is one of the organisers. He says this event will hit home with teenagers.

“What we hope to achieve from this event is that teenagers attending will see and hear first hand the carnage and destruction that follows even a simple crash,” he said.