CAMS Ignition has made front page news in Adelaide. The Adelaide Advertiser has put CAMS Ignition front and centre after the media event which took place on Tuesday 21 August.
Sue Evans (with husband Simon, four-time Australian Rally Champion and reigning champion in the Showroom class for the CAMS Australian Targa Championship) has lent her support to CAMS Ignition as a guest instructor on at Heathfield High School in the Adelaide Hills.
The Rally Champ, who currently has a 16 year old son learning how to drive, is fiercely passionate about young driver education.
“As a rally car Co-Driver, I take road safety very seriously,” commented Sue Evans. “I’ve learnt about safety and the pitfalls of bad driving from a very young age. It is imperative that Australian youth learn good driving habits before they adopt the bad habits from their friends or even their parents. In car distractions, speeding, driving too close to the car in front and drink driving; these are the real issues for young drivers.
“Too often I see the effects of these silly mistakes; fatalities and serious injuries that that affect family and friends for the rest of their lives. Kids need to understand the consequence of their actions and programs such as CAMS Ignition provides the necessary education to assist them in making safer choices.
CAMS Ignition forms part of Australia’s efforts to support the FIA’s and the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which aims to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world. Nearly 1.3 million people die every year on the world's roads, and up to 50 million are injured.
“Supaloc Targa Adelaide is a terrific event that showcases this great state’s love of sport,” said CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos. “We would love to see the South Australian Government take on a leadership role for the rest of Australia by funding a rollout of this program to all secondary schools across the state. An overwhelming majority of CAMS members surveyed (82%) believe governments should be responsible for compulsory driver education of children in schools.
“We believe driver education is just as important as learning Maths and English. Compulsory driver education should be taught alongside the subject of Health, it is that important.
An interactive classroom environment will teach participants basic principles of safe driving, contributing crash factors for young drivers, and most importantly, issues of attitude and self-awareness. Following this, a practical component will be conducted where the students will drive a car, courtesy of Gilberts Adelaide Hills Toyota, for the very first time.
“The practical component of the program covers things like understanding braking distances at various speeds, learning about the correct seating position as a driver, and vision skills. These are key issues that will assist them to make good decisions that will assist in avoiding crashes and will save lives,” concluded Andrew Papadopoulos.
The program has attracted a great deal of media interest, click here for an article about CAMS Ignition that appeared on the front page of the Adelaide Advertiser.