RSA roadshow visits Mitchelstown


RSA roadshow visits Mitchelstown

It was all systems go in Mitchelstown this past week, with the Road Safety Authority bringing their interactive ‘shuttle’ to town, with a view to providing a fun and educational means for Transition Year students to learn about road safety.

Saturday, 19 January 2013
3:00 PM GMT

On the road for 50 weeks of the year, the Road Safety Authority’s brought their ‘Road Safety Interactive Shuttle’ to Mitchelstown this week, with in the region of 240 Transition Year students from near and far availing of the opportunity to learn about road safety, in a fun and interactive environment.

Located at Tesco car park, Tuesday and Wednesday saw TY students from Mitchelstown (St Fanahan’s College, CBS and the Presentation secondary School), Fermoy (Coláiste an Chraoibhín), Mallow (Davis College), Buttevant (Coláiste Mhuire) and Ballincollig visiting the roadshow during their allocated time slots and the reaction was truly positive.


The shuttle, which is equipped to provide a fully interactive, educational road safety experience, consists of a fully equipped presentation area, a driving simulator enclosed in a specially designed pod, motorbike and bicycle simulators, brake reaction timer, as well as computers equipped with the Driver Theory Test.

The overall theme of the shuttle is centred on the main causal factors for road collisions and injuries, including drink driving, non-wearing of safety belts, speeding and driver fatigue. While advertising and visuals placed inside the shuttle make the core messages of road safety highly prominent, as well as inviting visitors to the shuttle to learn more about their vulnerabilities as a road user.

Welcoming the roadshow to town, Mitchelstown Community Garda, John Hennessy speaking to The Avondhu, emphasised the importance both education and awareness have to play with road safety. “The feedback from the TY students has been very positive to the interactive shuttle and we welcome the opportunity to bring this to the town. As well as the students participating, the presence of the shuttle in the car park will remind people of the importance of road safety”, he said.

He went on to thank Tesco for their co-operation in facilitating the roadshow within their car park, Mitchelstown Fire Brigade who had a presence at the event on Wednesday, as well as the teaching staff from the various schools who ensured the TY groups made the most from the event.

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