Castle­town girls’ plea to par­ents

The Argus - - NEWS - BY MAR­GARET RODDY

A hard-hit­ting video by fourth class pupils from Castle­town Girls’ School urg­ing par­ents to be more aware of road safety has been shared by the Road Safety Au­thor­ity for Road Safety Week, clock­ing up over six thouand views on the au­thor­ity’s Face­book page.

‘We en­tered the Seat­belt Sher­rifs’ award last year, win­ning an award for our work and that spurred us on to do some­thing else this year,’ ex­plained teacher Ms Mairead Fearon.

She said they de­cided to make a video tar­get­ing par­ents af­ter a sur­vey re­vealed that a quar­ter of the class didn’t wear seat­belts while they were be­ing driven to school.

The video fea­tures draw­ings by Grace Cooney, Jazmin Toth, Lucy Hol­land, Ale­sha O’Con­nor and Abbey Hig­gins while the sim­ple yet pow­er­ful mes­sage is de­liv­ered in the voiceover by Han­nah Wat­ters.

‘It cov­ers is­sues like the im­por­tance of wear­ing a seat belt, of hav­ing the right booster seat fit­ted and of not dis­tract­ing the driver,’ said Ms Fearon.

It’s com­piled in a style so that chil­dren and par­ents will get the mes­sage about the im­por­tance of road safety even on short jour­neys to and front school, high­light­ing how a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion or for­get­ting to fas­ten a seat­belt can have tragic con­se­quences, re­sult­ing in the loss of lives and bro­ken dreams.

‘So Mam, Dad, be road safety aware. I know how much you love me so please al­ways drive with care,’

In shar­ing the video, the Road Safety Au­thor­ity thanked the school for mak­ing the video for Raod Safety Week which took place last week.

Mem­bers of Castle­town Girls NS who took part in the video.

Pupils of Castle­town Girls School tak­ing part in their video.

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