‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards
The ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards were introduced in 2008 to celebrate the outstanding efforts of people across Ireland to make roads safer for everyone. The awards provide a special opportunity for members of the public to honour the contribution of exceptional people who promote road safety in their communities.
This year, we have introduced two new categories;
Special Schools Education – This category has been added into the education section and is specifically dedicated to schools catering for children and adults with special needs.
Emergency Services – This category is specific to individuals or groups working within the Emergency Services (ie Garda, Ambulance, Fire personnel) who have made an outstanding contribution to promote road safety and make roads safer in their community.
How the ‘Leading Lights’ Awards work
Anybody can nominate a ‘Leading Light’ or indeed nominate themselves for a ‘Leading Light’. First, you must select the relevant category for your project, for example ‘Public Sector’, ‘Business’, ‘Education’ and so on. Projects can be nominated for the Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards in any one of the following categories.
This award will be given to an individual who has raised awareness of road safety in their community and who acts as an ambassador for others on how to be road safety aware.
Road Safety Officer of the Year
This award will be given to a Road Safety Officer, working on behalf of a local authority, who has actively contributed to making the roads safer within the community. Interested RSOs may self nominate or may be nominated by another. We are looking for examples of innovation, commitment, achievement, sustainability, good research and the ability for the project to be replicated elsewhere.
Awards will be given for the design and originality of educational initiatives which have made a significant impact on the teaching or practice of road safety within an educational environment, from early childhood to third level and community.
Nominations will be accepted under the following sub-headings:
- Primary school education
- Secondary school education
- Special school education
- Third level education
- Community education
This award will be given to a public sector organisation, including the Fire Services, Gardaí, Paramedics and Local Authorities, who has committed to promoting road safety in their organisation and who has made a significant contribution to safer roads in their community.
This award will be given to individuals or groups within the Emergency Services (ie Garda, Ambulance, Fire personnel) who have made an outstanding contribution to road safety in their community. Interested emergency service personnel may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or a member of the public.
Local Media Award
Awards will be given to individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to road safety through the local media.
National Media Award
Awards will be given to national media groups or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to road safety through the media.
Awards will be presented to a business or organisation that has shown commitment to road safety by encouraging safe driving practices to all its staff or safer vehicle operations within its organisation.
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) of the Year
An award will be handed out in four categories. They are:
- ADI of the Year – CAR
- ADI of the Year – MOTORCYCLE
- ADI of the Year – BUS
- ADI of the Year – TRUCK
The criteria for all four ADI awards are the same. The relevant award will be given to the ADI who has passed his or her routine check list with a score of at least 90%. His/her registration must be up to date and without any previous complaints against them. They must complete a practical driving assessment and a theory based test on the Rules of the Road. These scores will be added together and the one with the highest score will be deemed the winner. If there is a draw, there will be an eliminator to select the overall winner.
ADIs must be nominated by another current ADI or a learner driver. ADIs must make themselves available for the selection process when invited. Alternative dates and times will not be possible.
CPC Trainer of the Year
This award will be given to a CPC Trainer who has demonstrated commitment to road safety through the delivery of the CPC programme. The winner of this award will be selected on the basis of feedback provided by drivers who attended the periodic training days.
CPC Training Organisation of the Year
This award will be given to a CPC Training Organisation that has demonstrated commitment to road safety through the delivery of the CPC programme. The winning organisation will be selected on the basis of feedback provided by drivers who attended the periodic training days.
The Supreme Award will be presented to one of the category award winners. The winner of this award will be chosen by our judging panel and will be presented to an individual or group for the most innovative and outstanding road safety initiative, or for their leadership and exemplary dedication to the area of road safety.
Deadline for entries
The call for entries will open on Wednesday 9th October 2013. Entries must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 15th November 2013.
How to enter
To nominate yourself, another individual or project for any of the following categories, Road Safety Ambassador of the Year, Public Sector, Education or Business, you need to fill out the following entry form and return it to the Road Safety Authority before the closing date, 5pm on Friday 15th November 2013
To nominate for the category of Advanced Driving Instructor, the ADI must be nominated by a peer ADI or a learner driver. You need to fill out the ADI entry form (DOC) and return it to the Road Safety Authority before the closing date, 5pm Friday 15th November 2013
To nominate for the category of Road Safety Officer (RSO), the RSO may self nominate or another may nominate. You need to fill out the RSO entry form (DOC) and return it to the Road Safety Authority before the closing date, 5pm Friday 15th November 2013
To nominate for the category of Media - National Media Award or Local Media Award you need to fill out the Media entry form (DOC) and return it to the Road Safety Authority before the closing date, 5pm Friday 15th November 2013
Please read the criteria(PDF) to ensure you meet all the requirements for entry.
What we are looking for
Entries should demonstrate a range of different criteria as outlined below. Please reference these headings when drafting your entry.
- Commitment to road safety – Projects must demonstrate commitment to saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our roads. Initiatives will be judged based on evidence provided of long term commitment. Initiatives which have not been fully rolled out or where there is no clear evidence of a willingness to commit will not be considered.
- Replicability – Projects must be designed to allow replication country wide in the event that there is interest from any other individual/group or organisation in running a similar initiative.
- A high level of teamwork and partnership amongst participant groups – We are looking for evidence of teamwork, partnerships and collaboration between diverse groups. Projects should demonstrate links with a range of relevant organisations to include key community and voluntary interests, learners, employers and relevant state agencies.
- Evidence of outcomes – Projects should ideally be able to demonstrate evidence of positive changes in behaviour. Any supporting materials ie photographs, CDs, USB or DVDs you submit cannot be returned. One of our evaluation team will be in touch with you if clarification is needed on any aspect of your communication.
When nominating an award category, it is important to address the entry form based on the criteria outlined in the various entry forms.
- Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 15th November 2013.
- Entries can be submitted by post or email and should not exceed 1,500 words.
- Where samples of collateral are included, please limit these to one example per item. Multiple samples are not required.
The judging will take place in two stages. First, the applications will be shortlisted by an internal judging panel in the RSA. The panel will select three entries in each award category to go forward to the final judging process.
The shortlisted entries will then be judged by a panel of high profile individuals.
There will be one award presented in each category and one of these category award winners will be presented with an overall Supreme Award. This will be presented to an individual or group for the most innovative and outstanding road safety initiative, or for their leadership and exemplary dedication to the area of road safety.
The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 11th December in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park.
What do the winners receive?
- A specially commissioned award, hand engraved with their details;
- An invitation to those involved in the winning projects to the Leading Lights Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 11th December at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park;
- Publicity for the winning projects on the RSA website and in local, regional and national newspapers.
How to submit your entry
Complete the relevant entry form and submit it to the RSA as follows:
By post to:
Road Safety Promotion Officer
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Or download the relevant entry form and email it to email@example.com
Please read the criteria(PDF) to ensure you meet all the requirements for entry.
Important dates to remember
|Wednesday 9th October
||Call for entries|
|Friday 15th November
||Closing date for entries|
|Wednesday 11th December
||Awards ceremony at Farmleigh House|
For further information on the ‘Leading Lights’ awards please contact Aisling Leonard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 096 25012.