Educating road users about road safety is one of the priorities of the government’s Road Safety Strategy 2007-2012. The Strategy acknowledges that education plays a crucial role in permanently reducing deaths and injuries on Irish roads.
Raising awareness and increasing understanding of road safety issues among schoolchildren and college students is one of the primary targets of the Strategy’s action plan.
Since the Strategy was published in 2007, the RSA has implemented a comprehensive integrated road safety education programme in pre-school, primary, post-primary, third level and in the community. This has been done in partnership many organisations including the Department of Education & Science, An Garda Síochána, the Health & Safety Authority and the Higher Education Authority.
As part of this, the RSA has developed a range of material that teachers can use to educate school children about road safety as it applies to all road users – pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and motorists.
The resources are tailored to each user group.
Be Safe (5 to 12-year-olds)
‘Be Safe’ is an activity- based resource pack on road safety, fire safety and water safety. With materials aimed at children from infants to sixth class, it was developed specifically as part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum and is relevant to the SPHE strand, ‘Myself’, which addresses safety and protection, personal safety, safety issues and making decisions.
Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi Glo Silver (7 to 9-year-olds)
Seatbelt Sheriff is a successful programme aimed at primary school children in first class and is a fun way to get children engaged in the issue of road safety. Children become Seatbelt Sheriffs by taking a pledge to always wear their seatbelt and also make sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up. In 2007 the campaign was expanded to include ‘Hi Glo Silver’. He encourages children to remind their parents that they should wear high-visibility jackets or belts when out walking. More information and class kits are available from www.seatbeltsheriff.ie.
Streetwise (12 to 15-year-olds)
Streetwise is an activity based interactive Road Safety Educational Resource. It is for the Junior Certificate Programme under the curriculum subject CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education). It's designed in CD-ROM to be easy to follow, so that a teacher can pick up the resource and start the programme immediately. The lessons come in different formats, which allow teachers flexibility in their engagement with the students. The module can run over 12 weeks and include topics covering pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, safety belts, speed, hazard perception, driver fatigue, drink driving and road safety engineering.
'Your road to safety' - transition year programme (16 to 18-year-olds)
Consisting of a 45-hour version and a 20-hour fast-track option, the programme provides important educational material and learning on road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists. It covers such issues as seatbelts and airbags, driver fatigue, drink/drug driving, road-safety engineering and enforcement, basic first aid at road crashes, emergency services and rehabilitation, licensing and insurance issues, the NCT, purchasing a car and driving abroad. Relevant driver theory test content is included at the end of each module.
Third level (17 to 24-year-olds)
Safegrads - third level road safety guidelines
The RSA co-ordinated road safety education guidelines aimed at third level education institutions. The guidelines provide third level colleges a structure on which they can build a successful road safety week. The programme includes a road safety interactive shuttle, a fire and ambulance rescue extrication, Garda Síochana Road Show - 'It won't happen to me', road safety campaigns, road safety questions and answers session, road safety table quiz, road safety photography competition, road safety music challenge, and many more events.
Protecting our community - a call to action!
The community road safety programme promotes road safety awareness. It is aimed at adults and the programme includes a resource pack and an accompanying DVD. Based on Rules of the Road, it aims to change the attitudes and behaviour of drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.
For more information about our community-based programmes or to request material, contact:
Research & Education Unit
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Tel: 096 25002/25050