Last Tuesday, 24th of November, the Fourth Years received a talk on Road Safety from a member of an Garda Siochana.
The talk was very interesting and provocative as he talked about the harsh reality of not wearing a seat belt, driving too fast and the dangers of drunk driving. The guard also showed us advertisements that highlighted the horrors of drink driving and re-enactments of fatal crashes that have taken place.
The Garda talked about one case in particular of a seventeen year old girl called Emma who was thrown from the back of a car as she was not wearing a seat belt. She was slightly intoxicated with a few friends on Valentine's night and her mother told the story of her tragic death. This story was very upsetting to hear about but further emphasised how dangerous being on the road can be.
The Garda also had an important message that he asked us keep close to us in order to stay out of fatal crashes and keep the number of lives taken on Irish roads each year. His message was "Nobody has the right to decide if you live or die", "You must always wear a seat belt" and he gave us many other pieces of advice such as avoiding driving when drinking, tired or drugged.
It was a moving and thought provoking talk that we would like to thank the Garda and the RSA for providing us with this knowledge and awareness.