Crash course hopes to impact on young drivers in Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

TEENAGERS from across Limerick were issued with a stark reminder of why it’s vital to think before they drive when they attended a hard-hitting road safety awareness morning organised by students of Castletroy College.

TEENAGERS from across Limerick were issued with a stark reminder of why it’s vital to think before they drive when they attended a hard-hitting road safety awareness morning organised by students of Castletroy College.

As part of their Young Social Innovators (YSI) project, 30 Transition Year students from the school focused on various aspects of driver safety as well as the devastating consequences which can result from a serious road collision.

“Road safety awareness is such an important topic for young people,” said Martina Murphy, a teacher at Castletroy College, who coordinated the project.

“The students didn’t just focus on road collisions – they also focused on the long-term consequences of road collisions, hence the name of the project, Impact: Think before you act.”

Students from schools in the city and city environs were invited to the Castletroy school last Thursday for the road safety morning which was a platform for the students to display their various research projects. “It’s like all aspects of life – you have to show care and consideration for everyone else and be aware of the rules of the road,” said Mayor of Limerick, Gerry McLoughlin, who attended the event.

“It’s very important to be prepared before you actually go on a journey whether you are a driver or a cyclist. The last thing a parent wants to hear when their child is out is that there has been an accident.”

Principal of Castletroy College, Padraig Flanagan, said that despite there being a decrease in fatalities on Limerick roads, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of educating road users.

“It is very easy to think that everything is fine and everything has improved. The young people here have worked very hard to get that message across that there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure our roads are safe,” he said.

Ciaran O’Mara from Lisnagry was busy demonstrating his road safety project, Heaven Can Wait. The Transition Year student has designed a device to ensure that a car doesn’t start unless the driver has put on their seat belt and has undertaken a breathalyser test which is connected to the car.

“I got lots of feedback from the Monaleen school and the Presentation school students are queuing up to try it,” he said of his project.