Northern Ireland’s first Road Safety Awards took place at Cultra Manor, Belfast today (Friday 27th November 2015), honouring those across the country that have worked tirelessly to improve road safety in their communities.
Amongst the winners to be recognised were individuals and groups from the business, voluntary, education, emergency service and public sectors.
Supported by the Road Safety Council NI, a total of 25 awards were presented across 10 categories by UTV’s Frank Mitchell in front of over 160 invited guests, and were sponsored by leading accident management specialist, CRASH Services.
Winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, following a dedicated 22 years of service and a commitment to road safety with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIRFS), was Station Commander Rory Dumigan, who said;
“It is a real privilege to be recognised with this award and it’s a genuine testament to the stellar work being delivered by first response teams based right across Northern Ireland. Often among the first on the scene of many road traffic collisions, firefighters encounter extremely difficult and harrowing experiences, seeing first-hand the tragic consequences of dangerous driving. Alongside our partner agencies across the Emergency Services, firefighters are members of the local communities they serve and the devastating incidents they attend have the same impact as those directly affected.
“I am also privileged to play a part in making our roads safer by being able to educate and inform current and future motorists by attending groups and schools, and this award recognises the commitment and determination of the emergency services to spread this message and continue to help our communities.”
Winners across the various categories included Holy Cross Boys’ PS and the Active School Travel Programme (Joint Winners; Primary School Project), Young Passengers and Drivers Awareness Raising (Secondary School Project), Mark Johnston of Spectrum, Bangor (Driving Instructor), Station Commander Kieran Doherty (Emergency Services Person), The YEAR Project, Coleraine (Voluntary Sector Organisation), PSNI Roadsafe Roadshow and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (Joint Winners; Public Sector Project), Cornmarket Insurance Services (Business Award), and Station Commander Rory Dumigan (Lifetime Achievement).
Tony McKeown, Sales & Marketing Director at CRASH Services, said:
“We are delighted to support these important awards. We were overwhelmed with the response as we received over 70 entries. There is so much great work going on across the Northern Ireland to help keep our roads safe and help eliminate the tragic incidents of road death and injury.
“The award winners’ work reflects the value of educating all road users, but particularly vulnerable groups like pedestrians, young drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists. We hope that others will be inspired by the work of the winners. I congratulate everyone for the extraordinary commitment to road safety”
The awards, which were also supported by JMK Solicitors, Green Motion car and van rental and New Driver NI, were judged by an expert panel made up of senior representatives from the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Further details of each of these projects and details can be found at www.crashservices.com/niroadsafetyawards.
The list of Highly Commended entrants for each category is as follows;
• Primary School Project – Ursula Doyle
• Primary School Project – Siobhan Gillen
• Primary School Project – Carmel Stanley
• Secondary School Project – FRESH Academy of Performing Arts
• Secondary School Project – Allstate Northern Ireland’s XtheTXT
• Driving Instructor Mark Johnston – Pat Deehan
• Emergency Services Person ¬ – Constable John Wilson
• Voluntary Sector Organisation – Sustrans
• Voluntary Sector Organisation – Detail Data: Two years of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland’s roads
• Voluntary Sector – Terry Malcolm
• Voluntary Sector – Albert Smallwoods MBE
• Best Public Sector Project – Belfast Policing & Community Safety Partnership
• Best Public Sector Project – Causeway Coast & Glens Policing & Community Safety Partnership
• Business Award – Kerr Group Insurance
• Business Award – Safe Urban Driving Scheme – Freight Transport Association