Road safety signatures handed over

Road safety signatures handed over
Signatures of over 1,000 people in the county, mostly school children, are to be passed to the United Nations as part of a World Health Organisation campaign to reduce the number of children who die on the roads.

Signatures of over 1,000 people in the county, mostly school children, are to be passed to the United Nations as part of a World Health Organisation campaign to reduce the number of children who die on the roads.

Last year 16 children died on Irish roads, an increase from six the year before.

The issue was tackled at an event held in Letterkenny on Friday held by Donegal road safety group A-Ceart.

The event was attended by Minister of State Joe McHugh who will pass the signatures to the transport minister.

Local politicians and representatives of the emergency services, the Defence Forces and Donegal County Council attended the event as well as over 100 children from schools in the Letterkenny area.

Mary Clinton of A-Ceart said the campaign was a call for action to make sure all children can travel safely

The World Health Organisation is attempting to collect 100,000 signatures Worldwide to present to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon during their third Global Road Safety Week from May 4th to May 10th. Head of the Garda Traffic Crops, Inspector Michael Harrison, said that the campaign on reducing chid deaths on roads was about changing the mindset of road users. “That means children as well,” he said. One in three children killed in road accidents in Ireland were not wearing seat belts or not wearing them properly, he said.

Deputy McHugh said the campaign had a positive message of changing bad driving habits.

Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell said over 500 children lose their lives in road taffic collisions around the world every day.

Children from St. Patrick’s NS, Lurgybrack, Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin; St. Fiachra’s Illistrin NS; Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal; St. Eunan’s College; Loreto Convent attended the event and pupils from St Colmcille’s Boys NS and Ballyraine NS also signed it.

Members of the GAA County Executive, county players and members of the backroom team, as well as others members of the public, also signed the petition which is to be given to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe,