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Road safety awards

Celebrating and recognising our road safety advocates and heroes.  

Every year we host and participate in awards ceremonies to celebrate the work being done in the area of road safety. Recognising our country’s often unsung road safety heroes is so important to encourage and promote safe behaviour and action on our roads. 


Leading Lights in Road Safety award 

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These awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of people across Ireland to make our roads safer for everyone. They give members of the public the opportunity to honour the contribution to road safety of exceptional people in their communities.   At our most recent ceremony we presented ‘Leading Lights’ awards in categories including:  education (preschool, primary, secondary, third level, community)

  • business
  • emergency Services
  • media
  • road safety champion
  • public sector
  • CPC trainer of the year
  • Approved Driving Instructor
  • sustainable travel. 


We also presented special recognition awards to people and organisations who demonstrated a commitment and dedication to road safety in their communities.    

We awarded our Gertie Shields Supreme Award to Tipperary woman Gráinne Kealy who suffered a brain injury and serious facial injuries in a road traffic collision. She used her traumatic experience and recovery to educate over 500 students on the importance of sitting correctly as a passenger in a car. 

Nominate or get more information on our Leading Lights in Road Safety award  

  • You can nominate a person or organisation for an award as soon as entries are called for.  
  • You can see our most recent winners here. 

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition road safety award

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    Every year we present an award at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for projects that cover a road safety or related topic. We find it heartening that young people continue to engage hugely with road safety awareness and have come up with ingenious projects and solutions to keep everyone safe on our roads. 

    Our most recent award was presented to Cuán Moore from St Conleth’s College Dublin for his project: “The effectiveness of colour on a bike light”. It was presented in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences junior individual category.

    More information on our road safety award at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 

    If you would like to find out more information about our road safety award and past winners, please: 


    Student Media Awards for road safety journalism  

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    Every year we sponsor a specialist award for journalism relating to road safety at the annual Student Media Awards ceremony (also known as the Smedias).  It is presented to recognise the best written, published or broadcast piece of journalism on road safety issues in any medium – such as television, radio, internet, digital or otherwise – by a third-level student in Ireland.  


    Our most recent winner was Roisin Phelan from DCU with her essay: “Are cyclists safe on Irish roads?” 

    More information on our road safety award at the Student Media Awards 

    You can find more information on the Student Media Awards website, including the entry guidelines