Leading lights in road safety awards
Do you know a Leading Light in road safety?
Do you know an individual, school, business or organisation who is committed to making our roads safer? Our ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’ are back and nominations are now open for 2023!
Now in their fourteenth year, the awards will recognise and honour the contribution made by individuals, groups and communities from all over Ireland in reducing serious injuries and deaths on our roads.
Entrants will be recognised for not only making Ireland’s roads safer, but for their contribution to Ireland’s journey toward Vision Zero – zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050.
|Closing date for ADI category||25 August|
|Closing date for all other categories||13 October|
|Shortlisting & Judging||October|
|Awards Ceremony||7 December|
Terms and Conditions
Submitting a nomination for Leading Lights couldn’t be easier, but there are some important things to remember before you submit:
- You cannot nominate yourself for a Leading Light Award.
- You must get permission from the group or project leader before you make the nomination.
- You will need to confirm this and provide the group or project leader's contact details on the application form before you click submit.
Nominations will not be accepted:
- from group members or individuals involved in a nominated project
- from relatives of group members or individuals involved in the project
- if you haven't got permission from the group or project leader
- for / from members of the RSA Board, employees or contractors
- if the approved application form is not being used
The decision of the judging panel on all aspects of the judging process is final.
Awards will be given for the design and originality of educational initiatives, from early childhood to third level and community, which have made a significant impact on the teaching or practice of road safety within an educational environment.
Nominations will be accepted under the following sub-categories. It is at the discretion of the judging panel, however, how many awards will be presented in the overall area of education.
- Primary education
- Secondary education
- Special education
- Third Level / Further education
- Community education
What we're looking for
How to nominate
Once you've read over our terms and conditions above, you can submit a nomination for our Leading Light award by clicking on the relevant link below.
Individual, group or project
Closing date is 6 October 2023
Approved Driving Instructor
Judging and awards ceremony
The judging will take place in two stages. First, an internal RSA judging panel will review all entries and narrow them down into a shortlist of three finalists in each category. The shortlisted entries will then be judged by a panel of high profile individuals.
The decision of the judging panel on all aspects of the awards process is final.
One award will be presented to the winner of each category.
The Gertie Shields 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 so it is not possible to nominate specifically for this award. This supreme award 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 Supreme Award was renamed the ‘Gertie Shields Supreme Award’ in honour of the inspirational road safety activist and 2013 recipient of the award, who sadly passed away in 2015.
On occasion, a ‘Special Recognition’ award may be presented to a group / individual at the discretion of the judging panel. An example of where this award might be presented is in a situation where the nomination is deemed worthy of an award however, it may not necessarily fit into any of the clear nomination categories and their respective selection criteria outlined. There is no compulsion to present this award every year or restriction on the number presented in any given year, but rather they are presented at the discretion of the judging panel.
Winners will be celebrated and presented with specially commissioned and personalised awards at the Leading Lights Awards Ceremony in Croke Park on the 7 December 2023 and will join the Leading Lights Awards Hall of Fame.
Wexford Native, Phil Skelton, whose cycling campaign, “Arrive Alive at 1.5”, inspired changes to the official Rules of the Road was awarded the Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Gertie Shields Supreme Award’ in road safety for 2022.
Phil Skelton founded the “Arrive Alive at 1.5” campaign in 2013 following his own near miss of a close passing car. Phil advocated for greater driver education around a minimum passing distance for vehicles overtaking cyclists. As a result of Phil’s campaigning, the Rules of the Road were updated to reflect a minimum passing distance of at least 1.5 metres for drivers travelling in speed zones over 50km/h, and at least 1metre in speed zones under 50km/h.