A speed awareness initiative at a local primary school, funded by Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), has bagged a regional road safety award.
Moorfields Primary School won the Primary School Road Safety Initiative at Northern Ireland Road Safety Awards 2018, which recognise the contribution of individuals and organisations who have worked to improve road safety in their communities.
The school sites at the side of the busy main road between Ballymena and Larne.
The awards, now in their fourth year, are organised by Road Safe NI Charity and leading accident management specialist, CRASH Services.
A total of 14 awards were presented at an event attended by more than 100 specially invited guests at Cultra Manor.
A speed detection and alert sign (SID) was loaned to the school earlier this year by Kells and Connor Community Association.
Chair of Mid and East Antrim PCSP, Cllr Paul Sinclair, said: “We’re delighted for Moorfields and their award. I’d love to thank the pupils and teachers there for their work to get here and the Kells and Connor Community Association.
“This initiative is to keep the youngsters attending Moorfields safe as well as protecting other road users by warning drivers to slow down. We have been working closely with the school over the past year and hope to get a permanent SID for this area.
“We have already provided £800 to help staff deliver road safety advice, support road safety competitions, supply high-vis bibs as part of a Walking Bus Initiative and delivered talks to both parents and pupils.
“We hope this award will be enjoyed by all the pupils and will encourage drivers outside the school to slow down, as it shows it is clearly needed.”
Pat Martin MBE, Chairperson of Road Safe NI, said: “We had a fantastic response to the awards again. There is such a vibrant and committed road safety community working all over Northern Ireland.
“We are delighted to play our part in recognising those who go the extra mile. The winning entries really stood out for their efforts over a long period of time and for delivering innovative projects.
“There is so much good work going on across our schools, local communities, emergency services and businesses. The award winners are an inspiration to others and they is no question their efforts are saving lives on the road.”
Jonathan McKeown, CEO of CRASH Services, said: “As a business with close connections to road users we are honoured to support the NI Road Safety Awards. We congratulate everyone for their extraordinary commitment to road safety.”
Mid and East Antrim PCSP were also highly commended for their work around road safety across the borough.