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Translink Ulsterbus Cup marks 20 years of promoting road safety

09 December 2014

Translink and DOE Road Safety Education today (Tuesday 9th December 2014) presented the Ulsterbus Cup to Patrick Gorman, a pupil from St Colman’s College – Newry, and officially marked 20 years of the annual award which shines a spotlight on the serious and prevalent issue of road safety in Northern Ireland.

With an alarming increase in road traffic collision fatalities this year – currently 75 compared to 54 the previous year* (as at Dec 9) – the annual awards presentation highlights the continued need for effective road safety education to ensure responsible behaviour from pedestrians, passengers and motorists.

Patrick won the cup in recognition of being Northern Ireland’s top performing pupil in the GCSE subject of Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies (MVRUS) which covers a range of topics including: the Highway Code; alcohol abuse amongst road users; motoring mechanics and legal driving requirements.

This is the seventh time that a pupil from St Colman’s College has won the award. It is also the 18th time that a pupil within the Southern Education and Library Board area has scored the top marks.

Speaking at a special presentation in Laganside Buscentre also attended by DENI, CCEA and SELB representatives, Bernard Mitchell, Board Member, NITHC/Translink, said:

“The sharp rise in road traffic collision fatalities in Northern Ireland this year is a major concern. As Winter sets in ahead of the busy festive season, it’s important to remind everyone to be vigilant and responsible at all times on our roads.

“At Translink, the safety of our customers, employees and the general public is always a top priority and we are pleased to have been able to work with DOE over the past 20 years to deliver this award and raise the profile of road safety.

“We would like to congratulate Patrick and St Colman’s College, Newry, on winning the Ulsterbus Cup and hope that’s Patrick’s outstanding performance reminds other young people to keep road safe,” said Bernard.

Chris McLaughlin, Department of the Environment, said:

"Today marks a great achievement for Patrick. Not only has he come top amongst his fellow students at St Colman’s College but he is also the top Northern Ireland student in this subject.  This is no mean feat considering the number of pupils and indeed schools taking up the subject in recent years.

"Patrick’s result demonstrates a tremendous awareness and understanding of road safety knowledge and skills - both from a theoretical, and more importantly, practical manner and he deserves great credit.  

“The Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies course, although just one of many educational interventions aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads, is of considerable importance in reaching young pre-drivers at a very influential stage in their lives. 

“The DOE’s team of Road Safety Education Officers, in partnership with CCEA, will continue to promote the subject and I would encourage other schools to consider offering it as a GCSE to their pupils."

The Ulsterbus Cup is delivered in partnership between Translink and the Department of the Environment’s Road Safety Education Officer Service.

ENDS

 

Published
9/12/2014

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