The prize is sponsored by the Road Safety Authority and commemorates Mary Ward, the victim of the first fatal automobile accident in history in Birr, Co Offaly in 1869. The essay competition is open annually to all medical students on a full-time course in a medical school in the Republic of Ireland. We are delighted to announce that this year Luke Wallis, 4th year student from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland won 1st prize.Luke won €500 and presented his findings at the National Office for Traffic Medicine Research study day on Health, Mobility and Road Safety Research on 14th March 2017 in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Take a look at this years winners and their winning essays below.
1st prize : Motor vehicle safety and pregnant women by Luke Wallis (RCSI)
2nd prize : Obstructive sleep apnoea and driving safety - implications for reduction in road traffic accidents by Michael Fitzsimons (UL)
Joint 3rd prize:
Medical fitness to drive: Steering the conversation towards obesity? by Niamh Boyle (UCD)
Medical fitness to drive - The impact of benzodiazepines by Eithne Nic an Riogh (UCD)