Unique Donegal road safety programme picks up National Award

NEWS

 January 23, 2017
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A unique road safety programme pioneered in Donegal has won a major award.

The Pro-Social Drivers Programme based in Letterkenny won the National Supreme Award at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards.

This innovative programme established in 2012 and operated by Gary Doggett and Martin McFadden was designed to be a rehabilitation programme for people who have been engaged in anti-social driving behaviour.

The Programme has been supported and endorsed by the Local Garda Inspector Michael Harrison and the Court Service via Judge Paul Kelly.

To date, the programme has worked with over 180 people who have been referred through the Courts Service as well as legal professionals and concerned family members.

Road Safety Programme picks up Major National Award. – The Pro-Social Drivers Programme based in Letterkenny has recently won the National Supreme Award at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards. From left are Seated are Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Terence Slowy and Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Back from left are Garth Gibson, Donegal Youth Services, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison, Brian O’Donnell (Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Drivers Programme. Photo Clive Wasson

Road Safety has been a major agenda item across Donegal as a whole for a number of years now and the Pro-Social Drivers Programme is one a many organisations who make up the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG). The DRSWG role out a variety of events, initiatives and multi-media campaigns aimed at spreading the road safety message.

Brian O’Donnell (Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council) said “We in the Donegal Road Safety Working Group are delighted to hear of the success of The Pro-Social Drivers Programme in the RSA Leading Light Awards. They have built on past success of other members of the Group such as Donegal County Council and Donegal Youth Service who won a Leading Lights award last year for the work of the Donegal Youth Councillors on Road Safety Radio Campaigns. As a wider group we are all committed to making a combined on-going effort to make our roads safer for all who use them.”

Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Drivers Programme, stated “We would like to thank Donegal County Council for all their assistance to date and we look forward to working with the Members of Donegal County Council as we develop and expand the programme further”.

For those interested in finding out more about the work of the Pro-social Drivers Programme you can contact the organisers at 085 8682040 or Apartment 18, Celtic Apartments, Pearse Rd, Letterkenny.