Northern Ireland Road Safety Awards – Champions Honoured
Road Safe NI, the Northern Ireland road safety charity were delighted to once again host the Northern Ireland Road Safety Awards during road safety week 2021. The winners of the awards included individuals, organisations and special projects from across the voluntary, education, emergency services, public and business sectors.
The NI Road Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, are organised by the Charity, Road Safe NI in partnership with leading accident management specialist, CRASH Services. JMK Solicitors sponsored the Business Sector category at this year’s awards which were presented by media partner U105’s Frank Mitchell. A total of 12 awards were presented at a lunchtime event attended by 80 specially invited guests, including Minister Nichola Mallon who closed the ceremony along with a specially arranged rendition of the sound of silence by the very talented Choir Studio. The event took place at the prestigious Cultra Manor, Holywood on Friday 19th November 2021.
Davy Jackson from Road Safe NI said: “We had a fantastic response to the awards again, with a record number of entries, considering we are still very much amidst a global pandemic. We are delighted to play our part in recognising the grass roots work that is happening across the various sectors throughout Northern Ireland and the Road Safety Awards honour those people and organisations that go the extra mile to promote road safety. The winning entries really stood out for their commitment over a long period of time and for delivering innovative projects.
“There is so much good work going on across our schools, local communities, voluntary sector, emergency services and businesses. The award winners are an inspiration to others and there is no question their efforts are saving lives on the road”.
Emma Duffy from New Driver NI said, “Congratulations to all the deserving and inspiring award winners, in particular the Secondary School category winner, St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena.”
Jonathan McKeown, CEO of CRASH Services said: “As a leading accident management company, at CRASH Services we deal with hundreds of motorists each month across Northern Ireland in the often-traumatic aftermath of a road traffic collision. Our commitment is to help motorists when they need us most and we are passionate about playing our part in continuing to promote road safety to all road users across Northern Ireland.
We have been a sponsor of the Road Safety Awards since their launch in 2015 and are delighted to be Headline Sponsor and Open category Sponsor of the 2021 NI Road Safety Awards. We congratulate all the award winners for their extraordinary and inspiring commitment to road safety.”
Winners across the various categories included St.Mary’s PS, Dunsford, Ardglass (Primary School) St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena (Secondary School), Carol Baker, St.Patrick’s PS, Ballynahinch (Lollipop Person), Mick Dogget (Driving Instructor), Trevor Kirke (Emergency Services), Jane Holmes (Voluntary Sector), Oliver Transport Ltd (LGV), W.H.Nutt & Son Ltd (Business), William Stewart (Open Category), North Antrim Commercials (Fleet Maintenance Provider), Newry, Mourne & Down PCSP (Public Sector) and Rosie Leech (Lifetime Achievement).
There were also 5 highly commended entries who will each receive a framed certificate, these include: Pocket Box (Business), Conor McCann (Driving Instructor), Aodhan Roberts (Open Category), Causeway Coast & Glens PCSP (Public Sector), Tommy Holland (Voluntary Sector)
Category sponsors included CRASH Services, DriveTech, Road Safe NI, JMK Solicitors, U105, New Driver NI, Applegreen, Department for Infrastructure, Compliance Pal, Hankook, TCTs Group Ltd, Jack Murphy Jewellers.