The Department of the Environment has welcomed St Malachy’s High School’s support for the ‘Share the Road to Zero’ road safety campaign.
On behalf of St Malachy’s High School the Principal Mrs Joan McCombe has signed up to DOE’s pledge to help reduce road deaths in Northern Ireland to zero. This initiative has the full support of the school’s Board of Governors.
‘Share the Road to Zero’ is an innovative campaign by DOE to encourage citizens in Northern Ireland to sign up to a path towards no deaths on the roads, and in turn, pledging to use the roads safely.
Anthony Crozier from DOE Road Safety said, “Share the Road to Zero is a huge community programme with one aim – zero road deaths in Northern Ireland. In 2012 the number of road deaths in the region reached its lowest level since records began in 1931. However, at 48, these deaths have left many families heartbroken and every one of those road deaths is one too many.”
Any organisation can support this aspiration by pledging and encouraging members or employees to pledge and adopt safer behaviours on the roads. As road users, we all have responsibility to behave appropriately – as a driver, a passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian so that we do not take risks and we do not put our own lives or anyone else’s in danger.”
Mr Crozier concluded, “St Malachy’s High is the first school in the South Eastern Education & Library Board Area to pledge their support as an organisation to this initiative. The school plays a vital role in the community and this builds on their excellent work over the years in addressing road safety through delivering educational interventions such as the GCSE in Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies. Their support for the Share the Road to Zero campaign will be influential in saving lives and taking us closer to achieving zero road deaths in Northern Ireland.”
“Many families across Northern Ireland have tragically lost loved ones in road traffic collisions, many of which could have been prevented if greater attention had been paid whilst driving. The support of the community is vital if we are to further reduce road casualties.”
Mrs McCombe said, “We are delighted to sign up to this excellent initiative and support DOE in their aim to reduce the number of road deaths in Northern Ireland. As principal, I want to encourage all the staff, students, their families and the wider school community to join the journey towards zero road deaths by pledging their support for the campaign at www.sharetheroadtozero.com. If we make the effort to take extra care on our roads, lives can be saved. After all, a few seconds of poor concentration is all it takes for any of us to be involved in a collision. I have personally taken the pledge, and I hope many others will.”
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