‘Shock tactics’ at road safety roadshow

SHOCK TACTICS: Undertaker David McGowan, Ballina and Sligo, with a bag of a bag of personal belongings from a young female road crash victim as he spoke at the AXA Roadsafety Roadshow in conjunction with Mayo County Council at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Thursday. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

SHOCK TACTICS: Undertaker David McGowan, Ballina and Sligo, with a bag of a bag of personal belongings from a young female road crash victim as he spoke at the AXA Roadsafety Roadshow in conjunction with Mayo County Council at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Thursday. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

More than 1,500 Mayo teens attended a hard-hitting road safety event yesterday (Thursday ) in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar.

The AXA road safety road show used graphic crash imagery to tell the story of how a night out ended in tragedy and permanent disability for one young driver.

The students also heard from a funeral undertaker, a family member of a deceased road traffic accident victim, a car crash survivor, and others, on the real-life, tragic, consequences of dangerous driving.

Noel Gibbons, road safety officer with Mayo County Council, said ‘shock tactics’ are necessary and what really gets through to young people in the highest risk group.

“I have no doubt that the roadshow shocks our young audience and we think that is necessary to show them the perils of driving dangerously,” he said.

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