AXA Roadsafe Show
Transition year students
Driving a car in real life is not a computer game where you get a chance to reload
Yesterday, the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in partnership with Longford County Council delivered a hard-hitting road safety message to approximately 670 Transition Year students from Longford and Roscommon areas.
This is the second year the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow has come to Longford.
The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow is aimed primarily at Transition Year students in Secondary Schools and is based on an award-winning format and depicts graphically how a night out, can end in tragedy.
Using a backdrop of contemporary music, video clips and television advertisements; the story was told by Garda Martin McGowan, Paramedic Fiona Kenny Fire Officer Ray Hussey , A&E Nurse Sean O’Ceallaigh, Daire O’Muirí, Paramedic Eamonn Mc Loughlin and Richie Geoghegan A&E.
The show culminated in a presentation by a Peter Reynolds who tragically lost his brother Joe in a road traffic collision in 2016 after the car he was a front seat passenger in crashed into a tractor. Joseph was 18 years old at the time and Peter told the students about the raw grief he and his family have had to suffer since that terrible day.
Antoinette McDonald, Direct, Partner and Customer Experience Director at AXA Insurance commented: "As one of the largest insurance companies in Ireland, we deal with hundreds of claims every week as a result of traffic collisions. The effects are well documented - too many people are being killed on our roads or are being injured for life. These are real life stories of people who deal with the needless carnage caused by speed, drink and drugs on Irish roads and the show brings home the pain caused by unnecessary road crashes and the impact on people and how it has changed their lives forever. The way they are presented will help young novice drivers and other young road users understand why, for everyone's sake, it is better to be alive and late, rather than dead on time"
In 2017, 159 people lost their lives on our roads and 695 were left seriously injured. Almost two thirds of fatalities have been drivers or passengers, and one fifth of these were not wearing seat belts at time of the accidents. In Longford alone 2 people lost their lives in 2017.
This year, 138 people have lost their lives on our roads to date and whilst this is a reduction of nine fatalities for this time last year every road death is one too many.