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A group of safety savvy children from Cregmore have reached the final of the Road Safety Authority’s Hi-Glo Silver competition.

Second class pupils at Scoil Pádraig Naofa beat off stiff competition from primary schools around the country, through an online vote, to be selected as one of five finalists with their entry Glow Before You Go.

The national competition encourages children to learn vital road safety skills, such as wearing high visibility clothing, in a fun and educational way.

The children will attend an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle next month where the overall winner will be announced.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, said the standard of entries in this year’s competition had shown how creative and considerate young and considerate young people are when it comes to road safety,

“It is so inspiring to see how young children are taking ownership of their safety when out on the roads or in the car,” she said.

“I would like to thank the many parents and teachers who have encouraged their students and children to be more road safety aware by taking part in these programmes.”

Hi-Glo Silver is one of two fun, educational road safety programmes for children in first and second class in primary school.  Children in first class become Seatbelt Sheriffs by taking a pledge to wear their seatbelts and making sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up too.  Once they become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’, they can show their sheriff’s badge to ensure everyone they’re travelling with wears their seatbelts.

After become honorary ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’, in first class ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ encourages second-class students to wear bright high visibility clothing when they are out walking or cycling.

They pledge to wear high visibility jackets, armbands or belts and remind their parents, family and friends to do the same.  Just like becoming a Seatbelt Sheriff, pupils receive a certificate that gives them the power to instruct everyone when they walk or cycle to wear safety gear.