POWERFUL ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE IMPARTED BY MONAGHAN YOUNGSTERS' DVD

28 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee on Monday called on all sporting and community organisations throughout the county to promote and utilise a new DVD produced by members of the Comhairle no nÓg youth organisation that conveys a powerful road safety message.
The five-minute production was screened at Monday’s JPC meeting in the M-Tek Centre at Knockaconny and attracted praise from local public representatives, Gardai and community figures present for its highly skilled presentation, which utilises first-person accounts to communicate a cautionary lesson about the consequences of reckless and irresponsible driving practices.
Emphasising relevant statistical data, such as the fact that one in three deaths on the roads are related to speed, and that young people aged 17-25 are three times more likely to die on the road, the film features contributions from members of the Gardai and the emergency and rescue services who respond at the scene of traffic accidents.
The voice of the brother of a fatal road traffic accident victim is heard, and there is a particularly poignant contribution from a young woman still bearing the effects of a serious collision who states, “I was 23 at the time and in the full flight of my life…I never for a million years dreamt it would happen to me…I just urge people to be extra careful on the roads, you never know what’s around the corner.”
The Comhairle na nÓg group who produced the DVD were represented at Monday’s meeting by Aaron McElroy from Largy College in Clones and Calvin McArdle from St Macartan’s College in Monaghan Town.
Co Monaghan Youth Development Officer Fiona McEntee thanked the JPC for the opportunity to show the DVD, which was a project that Comhairle na nÓg had been working on for the last six months.
Calvin McArdle said that Comhairle na nÓg was a local youth council providing a forum for the discussion of local and national issues relevant to young people from Co Monaghan. They had met the cross-Border Driving Change Project to look at road safety issues in the county, and in developing this project they wanted to create a piece of work that would help and advise young people, and produce something people in Co Monaghan could benefit from.
Aaron McElroy pointed out that Comhairle na nÓg had researched the subject and carried out workshops around road safety. Members had set up the film crews, and carried out the recording of sound and the camera work themselves.
Following the screening, Ms McEntee emphasised that the Comhairle group had been very particular about how they wanted to DVD to come across. They did not want any music on the soundtrack – they wanted it to be very serious and for the images of emergency vehicles at accident scenes to be shown to get the message across.
She expressed the view that the impact of the five-minute production was “brilliant” – this was a very intense but very important topic, and the …

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