On Wednesday, October 9 Pat Mc Neely of ‘Drive for Life programme’ came as a guest speaker to Àrd Scoil Rath Iomghàin. The subject under discussion was road safety awareness.
Students of transition year were shocked to discover that 50% of all deaths on our roads involve people aged between 17 and 25.
The danger of drink, drugs and indeed the use of mobile phones were all topics of discussion. Students were encouraged to speak up for their own safety as passengers and to have the confidence to say “slow down” or “put the phone down”
A series of images and videos shown made a massive impact on all students. Patients speaking from the National Rehab centre brought a tear to many an eye. Perhaps the most poignant being a five year-old child pleading with her parents to wake up after a collision with the car of a young woman too busy texting to notice her car drift across the road.
Great emphasis was placed on new technology available today to protect people on our roads. Wireless connection and Bluetooth are both legal alternatives for phone usage whilst driving.
Students had the opportunity to sit a mock theory test. No-one passed, highlighting the need for study before taking the actual test at a cost of €45.
Legal requirements such as the need for ‘L’ plates front and rear were outlined and the hefty fines enforced on failure to follow this law were discussed.
Transition year students of Àrd Scoil Rath Iomghàin had a truly invaluable learning experience which will no doubt benefit the wider community as they set out on our roads in years to come.