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Campbell College Pupil Wins 2016 Ulsterbus Cup

13 December 2016

Translink & DfI Road Safety urge public to stay safe on local transport network.

Translink and DfI Road Safety Promotion and Outreach today (Tuesday 13th December 2016) presented the 2016 Ulsterbus Cup to Josh Irwin, a pupil from Campbell College, Belfast.
 
The 22nd annual Ulsterbus Cup presentation promotes effective road safety education to ensure responsible behaviour from pedestrians, passengers and motorists.

Josh 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.
 
There have been 66 road traffic collision fatalities in Northern Ireland this year (as at Dec 12th). Statistics also show that over 95% of road deaths and serious injuries are due to human error highlighting the need to eliminate high risk behaviour.
 
Speaking at a special presentation in Laganside Buscentre, David Graham, Translink Service Delivery Manager, said the statistics were alarming and it was important to continue to raise the profile of Road Safety:
 
“The Ulsterbus Cup shines a spotlight on important travel safety messages and reminds everyone to be vigilant and responsible at all times while using the local transport network – especially at this time of year when travel conditions can be more challenging.
 
“This initiative also supports the Department for Infrastructure’s ‘New Driver Road Safety Pledge’ encouraging inexperienced drivers to develop good behaviours on our roads and providing them with regular road safety advice.
 
“Safety is always Translink’s top priority and we implement a wide range of safety awareness initiatives every year to try to reduce the number of safety – related incidents across the bus and rail network.
 
“We would like to congratulate Josh and Campbell College Belfast on winning the Ulsterbus Cup and hope that this outstanding performance reminds other young people to stay travel safe,” said David.
 
Chris McLaughlin, Road Safety Education Manager with the Department for Infrastructure said:
 
"Firstly I would like to congratulate Josh on his great achievement. His result demonstrates that he has gained a tremendous understanding of the road safety issues, knowledge and skills covered in the course from both a theoretical, and more importantly, practical perspective. He deserves great credit for his achievement. Not only has Josh come top in the subject at Campbell College but he is also the top subject student this year in the North of Ireland.
 
“It is vital that good road safety behaviours are embedded from a young age.  This will help ensure our young people have the knowledge they need to make safe choices when using our roads.
 
“The Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies GCSE is one of many educational interventions aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The GCSE is of considerable importance in reaching young pre-drivers at a very influential stage in their lives. This is particularly important as young people, especially young males between the ages 17 to 24 are over represented amongst those killed or seriously injured on our roads.
 
“The Department looks forward to continuing our partnership working with CCEA 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 for InfrastructureRoad Safety Promotion and Outreach.

ENDS

Published
14/12/2016

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