Santa Claus is throwing his considerable weight behind the latest campaign to make Ireland’s roads safer.
All primary school pupils and their parents in County Mayo are being asked to download a Christmas card featuring the man himself taking due care before setting off on his epic annual voyage.
In the card Santa is advised by one of his helpers: “Santa, make sure you have Rudolf’s lights on and don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt.”
Noel Gibbons, Mayo’s RSO, who co-ordinated the campaign with Santa Claus, said: “Every year hundreds of children are injured or killed on our roads. It is vitally important that we educate our young children of the potential dangers, and we would like to thank Santa for helping us to get this vital message out there.”
Santa Claus is alleged to have replied: “I was delighted to help out – it’s crucial that children take great care on the roads."
The cards can be sent on by the children to friends and family to spread the road safety message.