2018 News

06 June 2018

Road Safety Authority buckles up for annual Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi-Glo Silver Awards

Schools from across Ireland celebrated for their dedication to road safety

Over 250 primary school children attended the Road Safety Authority’s annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards today in Dublin Castle to celebrate their efforts in making the roads safer.

One of the most vibrant and lively road safety events of the year, the RSA hosted children from schools in Cavan, Dublin, Limerick, Donegal, Cork, Louth, Clare, Roscommon and Waterford to celebrate their excellent dedication to keeping themselves, friends and families safe on our roads.

Now in its fourteenth year, the competition has seen an increase in the number of entries to the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ poster competitions. The awards were presented by Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA and David Sheehan, Assistant Commissioner Roads Policing and Major Event Management, An Garda Síochána.

First class students from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Inchicore, Dublin 8 took the top prize in the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition for their poster, ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5 buckle up before the drive’ while Second Class in Barryroe National School, Bandon, Co. Cork took first prize in the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition for their poster, ‘Be bright, day and night, and you won’t get or give a fright’.

For the second year in a row, visitors to the RSA Facebook page had an opportunity to choose their favourite poster and to vote for the public choice award. The winning schools were Glór na Mara from Co. Waterford in the Seatbelt Sheriff public vote and Killyconnan National School from Co. Cavan in the Hi-Glo Silver public vote.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “The Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards provide school children with a fun and creative way to learn important road safety skills. These are skills that will keep them and others safe when out and about on our roads, whether that is a pedestrian, cyclist or passenger. I want to congratulate all the award winners, runners-up and their teachers for their commendable projects, which truly showcases their dedication to the future of road safety.”

In the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition, the runners up were:

  • This family of five strap in to stay alive – Askeaton Junior National School, Co. Limerick.
  • Stay safe and buckle up partner, hear the click – Ballyraine National School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
  • Wise up, buckle up – Ballyfeeney National School, Scramore, Co. Roscommon.
  • Here’s the trick, give your seatbelt a click – Glor Na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

In the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition, the runners up were:

  • Be the bizz wear a high vis, don’t be left out in the dark – Killyconnan National School, Stradone, Co. Cavan.
  • Be safe be seen, no surprises – St Brigids National School, Bothar Brugha, Co. Louth.
  • Be safe be seen – Aston Village ETNS, Drogheda Co. Louth.
  • When you’re out for the night wear high vis, because you’re worth it – Clooney National School, Tulla, Co. Clare.

David Sheahan, Assistant Commissioner Roads Policing and Major Event Management, An Garda Síochána said: “An Garda Síochána want to congratulate all the students at Dublin Castle today on their fantastic work. School children are our most vulnerable road-users and we want to encourage parents and teachers to continue to build on the great work being done in schools and at home by promoting safe and responsible road use at all times.”

‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes, for children in first and second class in primary school. The competition encourages children to get involved in saving lives on the road by teaching them the importance of buckling up and wearing high visibility clothing.

‘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.

After becoming honorary ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ in first class, ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ encourages second class students to wear bright clothing when they are out walking or cycling. They will pledge to wear jackets, armbands or belts and remind their parents, family and friends to do the same. Just like becoming a ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’, pupils will 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’ educational programmes is available at www.seatbeltsheriff.ie.



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