NI Road Safety Awards 2016

28th November 2016

Local Primary Schools Come Out on Top

Organisations and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting others from the risk of being injured, or killed, on our roads, were honoured on Friday at a gala awards ceremony held at Culra Manor.

The second Northern Ireland Road Safety Awards, supported by Road Safe NI, and sponsored by leading accident management firm, CRASH Services, recognised the work taking place within schools, emergency services, voluntary, public and private sectors and by key individuals across Northern Ireland.

Abbey Centre sponsored the Primary Schools category and were delighted to award joint winners – Seaview Primary School and Nursery and Ballyclare Primary School. Both were most deserving of recognition for the contribution they make in helping to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads.

Mark Stewart, Abbey Centre Centre Manager, said:
‘The NI Road Safety Awards play an important role in the promotion of road safety while honouring those who work tirelessly to improve road safety in their communities. So much of this takes place behind the scenes or without wider public knowledge so it is vitally important that we properly acknowledge the amazing work that is being done. Congratulations to both Seaview Primary School and Nursery and Ballyclare Primary School.’

Mark added:
‘We have recently installed a new Vehicle Management System. The illuminated VMS signage will indicate how many car parking spaces are available in each car park. It is believed that the introduction of the VMS will ease the flow of traffic around the scheme, in turn improving road safety. Abbey Centre is dedicated to improving road safety and protecting all road users.’

Tony McKeown, Sales and Marketing Director at CRASH Services, said:
‘The number of strong entries received this year has been fantastic, demonstrating the depth, breadth and scale of work already taking place which promotes road safety in Northern Ireland. It is a real honour for us to play a pivotal role in making sure that the dedication, commitment and hard work that goes into keeping our roads safe is properly recognised.

Those recognised with an award reflect the value of educating all road users, but particularly vulnerable groups like pedestrians, young drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists and we hope that others will be inspired by the work of the winners. I congratulate everyone for their extraordinary commitment to road safety.’

Further details of each of these projects and details can be found at

Winners across the various categories included Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Newry and Saint Comhghall’s College, Lisnaskea (Secondary School), JJ Doherty (Driving Instructor), Sharon Maculey (Emergency Services), Ulster GAA, Havern Hughes Sloan, North Down & Ards Road Safety Committee and Charlie Stewart (Voluntary Sector), RADAR (Public Sector), Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland (Business), PSNI Bike (Motorcycle), Sustrans and See.Sense (Cycling) and Pat Martin (Lifetime Achievement).