Schools rev up for road safety

Winners of the Road Safety Quiz - Upper Ballyboley Primary School. Left to right Keri Davey, Victoria Irwin, Rachael Stewart and Ross McCullough from Upper Ballyboley Primary pictured with Graham Lenehan from Adelaide Insurance, Mayor Billy Webb and Pat Martin, Chair of Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee   INNT 05-424-RM
Winners of the Road Safety Quiz - Upper Ballyboley Primary School. Left to right Keri Davey, Victoria Irwin, Rachael Stewart and Ross McCullough from Upper Ballyboley Primary pictured with Graham Lenehan from Adelaide Insurance, Mayor Billy Webb and Pat Martin, Chair of Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee INNT 05-424-RM

Seventeen schools from across the borough took part in the Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee Primary Schools Quiz held at Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre on Thursday 26 January 2012 - the largest ever entry in the history of the event.

School teams consisted of four children from P7 classes and after a hard fought contest, the team from Upper Ballyboley Primary School emerged victorious.

Just two points separated the top three teams, with second place going to Ballyclare, last year’s winners, and third place to Ashgrove.

Chair of Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee, Mrs Pat Martin, welcomed the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb to the event and he presented the medals to the first three teams. Eamon Lenaghan of Adelaide Insurance presented the Adelaide Cup to the winning team.

Will Rodgers, Road Safety Education Officer, PSNI was the quizmaster and he was assisted by David McMullan, Traffic Management Officer.

The Mayor addressed the children and expressed delight at the high standard of the competition and the number of schools taking part. He stressed the need for everyone to take care on the roads, given the increasing amount of traffic.

Brian Herron, Community Neighbourhood Officer, PSNI, urged the children to take care when crossing the road, particularly when being met from school. They were advised to take the time to ‘stop, look and listen’, every time. He said that he hoped to welcome the children back to Ballyearl on May 14 to 18 when ‘Be Safe’ week is to held. This is an event for P7 children attended by all the major agencies concerned with the safety of children.

The Committee is indebted to the Mayor and Newtownabbey Borough Council who provided the facilities at Ballyearl free of charge for this annual quiz and who also supplied ‘goodie bags’ for each child. Special thanks were also extended PSNI for their continued support and to Adelaide Insurance for providing the perpetual trophy.