Steelstown PS from Derry/Londonderry have won the Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety quiz for the first time after coming out on top at the final which was held at the NI Fire and Rescue Training Centre, Belfast on Monday 3rd March.
They were followed by St Colmcille’s Primary School, Ballymena in second place and Fairview PS, Ballyclare in third place.
The quiz is open to teams of 4 P7 pupils and covers road safety, road signs and general knowledge. It has been running for over 20 years and this year over 220 schools entered across the 11 regional heats based on council areas. A total of 22 teams contested the final in front of an audience of over 150.
Davy Jackson of event organiser’s Road Safe NI, said “We have been overwhelmed with the response to this year’s quiz. It is vital that primary school children receive road safety education and the quiz is a fun way to deliver serious messages in an engaging way. Everyone involved is encouraged to take the important lessons back to their homes and schools.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mr Alan Walmsley, commented that the NIFRS were delighted to provide the venue for the evening and support Road Safe NI in its activities. He said that every day his officers are called upon to visit the scenes of at least two serious road traffic collisions on Northern Ireland’s roads to provide help and rescue for ordinary people injured and trapped in vehicles.
Jonathan McKeown from sponsors CRASH Services said, “As a business with close connections to road users we are delighted to get involved and support road safety projects like this. We have a strong partnership with Road Safe NI and they should be commended for running such an innovative event. Well done to all schools who took part.