Galway County Council in conjunction with Galway City Council, An Garda Síochána and the local emergency services delivered a hard hitting road safety message to Galway teenagers on Friday, 26 February, when they hosted the ‘Think Twice’ Road Safety Awareness Show in Leisureland, Salthill. There was 900 in attendance and the show lasted for 1.5 hours.
The Road Safety Awareness Show aimed primarily at transition and senior year students in Galway City and County secondary schools and Youthreach Groups was based on an award winning format and depicted graphically how a night out can end in tragedy.
With a backdrop of contemporary music, video clips and television advertisements, the story was told by various speakers, as a sequence of events unfolded.
Speakers included Sergeant Rónán Mahon and Garda Gerry Sweeney, Paramedic Mark Callinan, Fire Officer Larry Carter, A&E Consultant John O’ Donnell, University Hospital Galway and Mrs. Ann Flynn, who lost her son Niall in a car crash. The show concluded with a presentation by Ger Scully, a road crash survivor.
Speaking after the event, Deirdre Caulfield, Road Safety Officer, Galway County Council said: “The Road Safety Show allowed us to deliver a hard hitting and high impact road safety message to hundreds of young people in the highest risk group. The show realistically illustrated what happens all too often on our roads.
“I hope that after seeing the show, the students understand that they are not indestructible; that it can and does happen to young people like them; and that they must respect the roads and other road users as they commence their driving career.”