Mayo Road Safety Roadshow 2021
The hard-hitting road show, which educates teens about the terrible consequences of road carnage returned to Mayo on Thursday, 22nd April. Normally over 1500 students would travel to Breaffy House to view this show but due to Covid- 19 restrictions it was delivered virtually this year.
Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council, explained: “The roadshow has been running in Mayo since 2007 and has proved to be very informative. It depicts graphically how a night out ended in tragedy and permanent disability for one young driver”.
“The Roadshow is aimed at transition year students and the objective of the show is to encourage young road users, and those about to commence their driving career, to adopt a more responsible attitude in terms of their own driving behaviour. The consequences should they fail to do so will be clearly and graphically demonstrated”.
During the show, young people had an opportunity to benefit from presentations made by An Garda Síochána (Garda Hugh McHugh of Castlebar Garda Station), the National Ambulance Service (Derek Walsh), Mayo Fire Service (Mr Pete Mc Donnell), a consultant based within A&E Department in Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar (Mr Paul O'Grady), a family member of a deceased road traffic accident victim (Mrs Ann Flynn ) and a car crash survivor (Richard Alcorn).
We believe that this is a very worthwhile event, which will hopefully leave a lasting positive impression on the young people present.
Michael McKenzie, Director, Mayo Education Centre said "Mayo Education Centre is delighted to support this event which brings the ever-present issue of road safety to the fore for teenagers, and helps to make our roads safer for everybody”.