Sunday, March 27, 2016

Safer Roads exhibition for Punchestown

A ‘Safer Roads’ exhibition at the event centre in Punchestown on Sunday 10 April will feature over 30 exhibitors and dozens of demonstrators from all sectors of road safety and the transport industry.

The event is aimed at road users of every type, age and background. Among the demonstrations will be a safe guide on the correct weight for drawing trailers, provided by West Wood trailers, while Mothercare will demonstrate the correct child car seat appropriate to your child. SpecSavers will provide free eyesight and hearing checks for adult and older drivers.

Drivers of agricultural and commercial vehicles, older drivers, young male drivers (YMD) and modified and racing car enthusiasts are also catered for at the event, which is being coordinated by Kildare County Council’s Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh and is supported by An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority.

Motorsport Ireland’s Young Driver of the Year Jake Byrne, the director of the National Ploughing Association Anna May McHugh, CEO of Age Action Eamon Timmons and Susan Gray of PARC have also endorsed the event.

A forensic collision expert will provide an insight into Garda collision investigations and members of the emergency services will demonstrate a live road traffic collision exercise and advise on how to react to an approaching emergency service vehicle while driving.

The event is for all age groups and children between the ages of 4-12 will be shown the basics and essentials of road safety with the StreetSmart road set. Cyclists and pedestrians will have an opportunity to see the blind spots from the driver’s seat of a lorry or HGV.

The Garda Road Safety Unit will be on hand to display some of the equipment they use when detecting dangerous drivers and the RSA will showcase its roll-over car and interactive shuttle.

The Safer Roads exhibition is open to the public from 2-6pm on Sunday 10 April and admission is free. More information on the website