AXA Roadsafety Roadshow teaches Longford students the importance of safe driving

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AXA Roadsafety Roadshow teaches Longford students the importance of safe driving

Longford fire officers performing a demonstration at the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow last week. Photo: Colm Mahady

The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in partnership with Longford County Council delivered a hard-hitting road safety message to approximately 670 Transition Year students from Longford and Roscommon areas.

This is the second year the AXA Roadsafe Roadshow has come to Longford.

The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow is aimed primarily at Transition Year students in Secondary Schools and is based on an award-winning format and depicts graphically how a night out, can end in tragedy.

Using a backdrop of contemporary music, video clips and television advertisements; the story was told by Garda Martin McGowan, Paramedic Fiona Kenny Fire Officer Ray Hussey, A&E Nurse Sean O’Ceallaigh, Daire O’Muirí, Paramedic Eamonn Mc Loughlin and Richie Geoghegan A&E.

The show culminated in a presentation by a Peter Reynolds who tragically lost his brother Joe in a road traffic collision in 2016 after the car he was a front seat passenger in crashed into a tractor.

Joseph was 18 years old at the time and Peter told the students about the raw grief he and his family have had to suffer since that terrible day.

This year, 138 people have lost their lives on our roads to date and, while this is a reduction of nine fatalities for this time last year, every road death is one too many.