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Pupils reminded of importance of seatbelts on school buses

Christina McCambridge and Hannah Craig from St Killian's College designed the posters

Pupils are being reminded of the importance of wearing a seatbelt while travelling on school buses.

Two distinctive posters with the slogans, `When will it click?' and `Buckle Up' will be displayed at stations and on school buses across Northern Ireland.

The poster campaign was launched by Translink in conjunction with the Education Authority.

The inspiration for the campaign came from an art competition run earlier this year with St Killian's College in Carnlough, where every one of its 850 pupils travels to school by bus.

Pupils were given a brief to design a poster and slogan that would capture the importance of wearing a seatbelt on buses, where provided, and the winner and runner up were selected by a judging panel from Translink including designers and safety personnel.

Translink Group Chief Executive, Chris Conway said: "We were so impressed by the creativity of the pupils and their unique interpretation of the seatbelt safety message that we are rolling the artwork out across the school bus network.

"We are using this opportunity to remind school pupils to use seatbelts where they are provided when they are travelling to and from school.

Education Authority Chief Executive Gavin Boyd said every day, around 90,000 children and young people were taken to and from school and colleges across bus services.

"We fully support Translink's positive safety message and encourage everyone to wear their seatbelts at all times when travelling," he said.

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