18 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Monaghan Garda Traffic Unit has won a major award from the Road Safety Authority.

The ‘Emergency Services’ accolade in the Rosa’s Leading Lights in Road Safety awards has been presented to the Monaghan traffic division for their annual Road Safety Day initiative.

The Authority’s Chairperson Liz O’Donnell made the presentation at an awards ceremony in Farleigh on Wednesday, December 9 last. The event was hosted by Teresa Minion, Western Reporter with RTÉ News, fresh from her memorable coverage of the impact of Storm Desmond.

Each year, approximately 300 Transition Year students attend the Monaghan Traffic Unit Road Safety Day. The objective of the event, which is sponsored by Monaghan Rotary Club, is to educate all TY students on the risks and consequences of poor behaviour on the roads.

The students are presented with real-life stories and talks from the emergency services, as well as a hard-hitting presentation from An Garda Siobhan.

Mr. Asher Butt, Consultant at Cavan General Hospital and a speaker at the event, has witnessed a decrease in the number of serious injuries as a result of collisions in Monaghan attending Cavan Hospital. Mr. Butt’s view is that the project is having the desired effect in changing the behaviour of young people on the roads.

Irish Times journalist Peter Muztagh’s forensic reconstruction of the events leading up to a crash, and its aftermath, in Mayo won the National Supreme Award at the awards.

In the four-part series of features that was titled ‘Anatomy of a Car Crash’, Peter Muztagh spoke to friends, family, Gardaí, the Emergency Services and witnesses to find out what happened when two men were killed in Bellini, Co Mayo on New Year’s Day 2014.

The series was published by the Irish Times in December 2014 and sought to find out how and why the crash happened and raise awareness of the truly devastating impact of collisions on the road.

This year, the Supreme Award was ….


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