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DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2020

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2019

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2018

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2017

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2016

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2015

 

DRSWG / Finn Harps Road Safety Art Competition 2014

 

 

The road safety record at most schools is the county is exemplary however, school children are a vulnerable road user group and demand special attention. Donegal County Council conducted a review of school safety at all schools in the county in 2010 and continues to work in this area to ensure that pupils can travel to and from school as safely as possible. This is achieved through a number of initiatives.

  • Local Area Engineer liaising with Schools 
  • School Safety Initiative
  • School Crossing Patrols
  • Road Safety Awareness and Promotion in Schools 

 For more information visit the RSA  - Road Safety for Kids 

The RSA have introduced a Nationwide Road Safety Education Service and is available to Schools and Community Groups. Louise McGeever is the representative for Donegal and can be contacted at lmcgeever@rsa.ie

 

School Safety Initiative

 

This is an initiative whereby schools can apply for part funding (up to a maximum of €3,500), to provide road safety measures at their school. Generally funding is allocated on a 50/50 basis where the school provide 50% funds for the project and Donegal County Council provide the other 50% up to the maximum figure. In the past these monies were normally spent on the provision of school flashing lights, however other measures will be considered such as signs and lines, barriers, entrance improvements and any other measures that contribute to road safety will be considered.

  

Car Parking at Schools

 

Information on the responsibility for the provision of safe set-down areas outside schools and staff parking. From the School Planning Section, Department of Education and Science.

It is the responsibility of individual Boards of Management of primary schools to ensure that adequate and safe set down and parking facilities are provided.

 

School Crossing Patrols

 

The school warden service provided by Donegal County Council caters for hundreds of children attending schools in the county on a daily basis during school terms. The wardens are identifiable by the high visibility uniforms worn, and the STOP sign used to stop traffic. In order to carry out their duties effectively they require the co-operation of all road users. 

 

Green Schools

 

Many schools are now going green in Donegal, as part of the green school initiative. Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.

Travel is the fourth theme in the Green-Schools programme. As part of their Action Plan, participating schools will set their own Travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling or using public transport, which will ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates.

By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport), the schools will also improve pupils' safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists.

 

 

 

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