Circuit of Ireland visits Newry to award local youths

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Community

The Circuit of Ireland recently paid a visit to Ardmore Police Station in Newry to award tickets to a number of local youths who took part in a road safety project with Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team. The Cedar Grove project, run in partnership with the Special EU Programmes Body and the Peace III Partnership, involved a series of traffic and road safety sessions and a visit to Bishopscourt race track.

The young people involved engaged with police to learn about and discuss road safety and the role everyone can play in making the roads safer for everyone. The event at Ardmore began with a presentation from PSNI’s Road Safety Unit and the display of the new 50/50 Concept vehicle.

Road safety officer, Constable Bill Holden explained: “In the run up to the Circuit of Ireland, we are delighted to be working alongside the rally organisers to drive home the road safety message. “In addition to encouraging car and rally enthusiasts to keep the race in it’s place, and leave the rallying to the experts on closed roads in their specially prepared cars, we are using our Project Evo modified police car and our new 50/50 concept car to illustrate how cars can be modified safety and illustrate the dangers of shoddy modifications.”

He continued, “We have no doubt that the rally will bring a great deal of excitement to the area, but our priority is to try and ensure that residents and people who come to see the rally, do so safely.”

Cedar Grove participants got the opportunity to view the Concept vehicle before meeting with representatives from Circuit of Ireland who presented them with tickets for the upcoming event.

A Circuit of Ireland representative commented: “The Circuit of Ireland and motor clubs across the country fully support this road safety message and are delighted that these young people have taken an interest in the rally. Rallying is a spectacular sport, watched and enjoyed regularly by thousands of local people. If you want to get more closely involved in the action simply visit us at www.circuitofireland.net ”

The event was well attended and Constable Marner, Newry NPT, said: “The aim of the project was to engage with young people in the local area, build relationships with them and educate our local community about how to keep themselves and others safe on the roads. We hope that the project will help young people see how we can help and support them and the education element will lead to fewer people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. The project was a great success and we hope to continue our work with young people in the local area.”

The Cedar Grove project was part financed through the EU’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


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