School children swap schoolbooks for speed guns to carry out road safety checks

Pupils got the chance to swap their schoolbooks for speed guns this week to carry out their own road safety checks on passing motorists.

Youngsters from Belcarra Primary School joined a Community Engagement Garda and Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer this week, where they had the chance to use a speed gun, learning how to record the speed of passing vehicles.

As part of learning about road safety, Castlebar Community Engagement Garda, Olive Lafferty, visited the school with Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons, with a speed gun.

The pupils were shown the equipment while older pupils went out onto nearby roadsides and, under supervision, were given the opportunity to use the handheld laser speed device.

"It was a great opportunity for the children to engage with the Gardaí and for the students to appreciate why speed limits are in place and pass the message onto their parents and families. The children learnt more about the importance of staying safe on the roads and enjoyed using the speed gun", said the organisers.


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