TWO students from Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí in Bantry have been awarded the Supreme Award for Road Safety at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards which were held at Farmleigh in Dublin recently.
Niamh Kearney (14) and Tadgh O’Shea (15) received the award for their traffic calming initiative to reduce the speed of motorists as they enter and exit Kealkill Village.
Niamh and Tadgh were also presented with the Education (Secondary) award for their initiative.
The students were shocked at the high speeds at which cars drove through Kealkill Village, which had a 50kmh speed limit, and had heard the locals talk about road collisions in the area.
With the aid of the local gardaí, they spent two days monitoring the speed of the cars passing through the village.
One car was even recorded driving at a speed of 104kmh.
They presented their project to An Garda Síochána and Cork County Council and were awarded a €15,000 grant by the National Roads Authority (NRA) to purchase three sets of gateway signs for each entrance to the village.
Congratulating them, Gay Byrne, Chairman of the RSA said, “These two young students are an example to us all.
“Rather than sit back and wait for someone else to fix a problem, they took it upon themselves to find a solution to a road safety issue and ultimately make the roads safer, not just for themselves, but for everyone in the community.
“We can all learn a lesson from these two young people who truly are leading lights in road safety and I congratulate them for their extraordinary commitment to road safety.”
Mr Byrne presented a total of 14 Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards to individuals, groups, businesses, media, education sector and public sector organisations for their outstanding contributions to road safety.