Brendán Galvin from Drumraney NS joint winner with Emma Galvin, Colm Smith Westmeath County Council, Community Garda Kieran Dempsey and Councillor Aengus O’Rourke Westmeath County Council at the Garda Síochána Road Safety Poster competition awards in the Civic Centre last Tuesday.Photos: Paul Molloy.

Local students lead the way to better road safety

A road safety poster competition was organised within the Athlone Garda Policing District in a bid to highlight the issues with primary school children.

An Garda Síochána and Westmeath County Council are committed to raising awareness of road safety issues. Gardai and Westmeath County Council believe that children can be a catalyst to encouraging their parents and family members to adopt better road safety practices whether in a car or walking or on a bicycle!

Garda Kieran Dempsey of the Community Policing Unit of Athlone Garda Station recently organised a road safety poster competition for 5th and 6th class students within the Athlone Garda Policing District which demonstrated a high level of awareness of road safety among the pupils.

The standard of entries from all the participants was extremely high and the effort of the students and their teachers was much appreciated.

A presentation to the winners took place in Athlone Civic Centre on Tuesday last with Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, Cllr Aengus O'Rourke.

Congratulations to the winners Pranaya Padmanaban, Cornamaddy NS, Jamie Raftery, Dean Kelly NS, Athlone, Brendán Galvin, Drumraney NS, Layla Coyne St Peters NS Athlone and Amy Kearney, Scoil Eoin Naofa, Ballymore.