One of Australia’s fastest teenagers, Jack Le Brocq, has thrown his support behind a unique safety program that aims to reduce Australia’s road toll, especially amongst young adult males.
The most recent Australian road statistics1 heighten the need to teach young Australians responsible road behaviours; 75% of drivers in fatality crashes are males and 32% were aged less than 25 years. The unique program called CAMS Ignition teaches Australian youth, aged 12 - 18, safe driving behaviours and attitudes in both a classroom environment as well as behind the wheel of a car. The course is run by Australia’s peak motor sport body, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
Even though the 2012 CAMS Rising Star Program2 participant drives his Formula Ford in excess of 250 km/hour on the race track, as a P Plater, 19 year old Jack Le Brocq must abide by the rules of the road.
“Ever since I first started racing as a 7 year old go-karter, safety has been my number one priority,” commented Jack Le Brocq. “I've been very fortunate to have the very best people in the business advising me to make sure when I am driving, I do so responsibly, whether that be on or off the track. It saddens me to hear so many kids my age are being killed or having their lives ruined because of silly driving mistakes.
“I’m 19 years old; I know kids my age hate being talked down to by adults. If it takes someone of a similar age for these guys and girls to wake up to themselves, then it’s a worthwhile cause. Stop driving like an idiot, don’t text and drive and never drive if you’ve been drinking. Remember, if you do have an accident, it’s not only your life you're playing with. It’s the pedestrian you hit, the person trapped in the other car and all the people that you love who will be affected forever.
“CAMS Ignition is great because it teaches good driving habits before you get your L Plates. It will also help these guys deflect the bad habits learnt from their mates or even their parents.”
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.
“CAMS Ignition is vitally important and we believe the Governments of Australia should fund a role out of this program to all secondary schools,” said CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos. “An overwhelming majority of CAMS members surveyed (82%) believe governments should be responsible for compulsory driver education of children in schools3. 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, vehicle safety technology, and most importantly, issues of attitude, driver behaviour (including distractions) and self-awareness. Following this, a practical component will be conducted where the kids will drive a car 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 which will assist them to make good decisions that will help to avoid crashes, and will save lives,” concluded Andrew Papadopoulos.
For more information on CAMS Ignition please visit www.cams.com.au