Northern Ireland’s first Road Safety Awards were officially launched on Friday 11th September, kick-starting a nationwide call for nominations for those deserving of recognition for the contribution they make in helping to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads.
Details of the awards were unveiled at UTV studios in Belfast and will be hosted by top U105 presenter and road safety advocate Frank Mitchell.
Entries for the competition, which are sponsored by leading accident management specialist, CRASH Services, and supported by the Road Safety Council NI, will recognise the work taking place within schools, emergency services, voluntary, public and private sectors across eight categories.
Details of how to enter are available at www.crashservices.com/niroadsafetyawards, which includes eligibility criteria. Winners will be announced at the inaugural awards ceremony at Cultra Manor on Friday 27th November as part of Road Safety Week.
Awards will be presented to individuals, businesses, educational institutions and community groups who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping Northern Ireland’s roads safe, and those within their communities, with entries accepted in each of the following categories:
• Primary School Project
• Secondary School Project
• Driving Instructor
• Emergency Services Person
• Voluntary Sector Organisation
• Best Public Sector Project
• Business Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award
The closing date for entries is Friday 6th November at 6pm.
Tony McKeown, Sales & Marketing Director at CRASH Services, said:
“Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Awards have been established to properly acknowledge the huge effort which goes in to helping keep our roads safe and help eliminate the tragic incidents of death and injury.
“It’s vitally important that we recognise the amazing work which is being done by individuals and groups within our communities who work tirelessly on our behalf to keep us safe.
Helping to launch the awards, Frank Mitchell said:
“To ensure these awards are an awareness-raising success, I appeal to everyone to get involved. Please enter yourself, or, if you know someone who deserves to be recognised, please encourage them to put themselves forward.”
The awards, which are also supported by U105, JMK Solicitors, Green Motion car and van rental and New Driver NI, will be judged by an expert panel made up of senior representatives from the private, public and voluntary sectors.