Tyrone GAA clubs gathered in Kelly’s Inn Monday last to launch the Live to Play Road Safety campaign in the County. The campaign, designed and co-ordinated by Ulster GAA in conjunction with Tyrone County Committee aims to raise awareness of Road Safety and sets about educating members on how best to stay safe on the roads.
On the night attendees were presented with ways in which they can organise events locally to support their members, resulting in safer road users.
Road Safety educators from the Fire & Rescue Services, the PSNI and Garda Siochana were in attendance to deliver their message to Club representatives. Clubs will now move to replicate this education for their wider membership.
Road Safety education is only one aspect of the Live to Play campaign, and further promotional events will take place through the GAA playing season.
A range of GAA profile personalities have lent their support to the campaign, and will act as role models in poster and web-based promotion. Further profiling will take place during the Championship later this summer and the newly commissioned ‘seat-belt’ Ulster jersey will be on show at all matches.
Cathaiorleach Coiste Contae Tir Eoghain Ciaran McLaughlin commented “I want to thank the Road Safety educators from the Fire & Rescue Services, the PSNI and Garda Siochana for their attendance tonight to deliver their very graphic message of aspects fo Raid Safety we can all follow. Many of our clubs have been directly impacted by fatalities caused by Road Traffic Accidents. Whilst the full impact of Live to Play will never be known, the implementation of the programme into Tyrone clubs is a positive step for us in GAA in doing what we can to reduce the carnage on our roads, particularly amongst our young members. I would encourage all clubs to build on the momentum of this event and to move to organise events as soon as is practical. Please do not delay – get in touch with Aileen Tohill at the Ulster Council or myself to help facilitate any arrangements you want to make”.