Paddock NS student, Aoibheann Dalton was runner up in the Hi Glo Silver Competition at the Road Safety Authority’s Annual ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi Glo Silver’ Awards, which was held in Croke Park recently,
Aoibheann attended the ceremony with her teacher Ms Phelan and all of the pupils from second class in Paddock National School. They were among 276 schoolchildren from 11 primary schools around the country who were rewarded for their outstanding contribution to keeping Ireland’s roads safe.
The awards ceremony was attended by Mr Alan Kelly TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport who praised the children’s efforts and congratulated them on their winning entries.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, he said: “Today’s ceremony demonstrates the outstanding commitment of young people across Ireland to making our roads safer. I want to congratulate all the winners on your excellent and imaginative art projects that demonstrate your dedication to road safety. I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to continue your work as ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ and ‘Hi Glo Silvers’ and to keep yourselves and those travelling with you safe on our roads”.
Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive, RSA said: “These programmes help children, our most vulnerable road users, to develop good road safety skills at an early age. It is my hope that the lessons learned will stay with these children and that, throughout their teens and into adulthood, they will continue to be real life Seatbelt Sheriffs, keeping themselves, their peers and their loved ones safe on our roads for years to come. I would also like to commend teachers throughout the country for the great work they do to educate our youngest road-users about road safety.”
‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes for children in first and second class in primary school. Children in first class become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ by taking a pledge to wear their seatbelts and making sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up too. Once they become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’, they can flash their sheriff’s badge so that everyone they’re travelling with knows that they must wear their seatbelts too.
After becoming honorary ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ in first class, ‘Hi Glo Silver’ then encourages second class students to wear bright ‘high-vis’ clothing when they are out walking or cycling. They will pledge to wear high visibility jackets, armbands or belts and remind their parents, family and friends to do the same. Just like becoming a ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’, pupils receive a certificate that gives them the power to instruct everyone when they walk or cycle to wear safety gear.
Further information on the Road Safety Authority’s Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi Glo Silver campaigns is available at www.seatbeltsheriff.ie.