MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 10 September 2013, LEADING drivers in the FIA World Rally Championship, preparing to do battle in Coates Hire Rally Australia from Thursday, joined together to give drivers of the future some advice on road safety in Coffs Harbour today.
The WRC drivers visited Orara High School, where they signed autographs, posed for photographs and chatted to hundreds of enthusiastic students.
They also used the opportunity to endorse the messages of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport’s Ignition program for pre-licence drivers and the global Action for Road Safety campaign of the Federation de l’Automobile.
Earlier, 24 students received theoretical and hands-on training in a two-hour CAMS Ignition session, where the instructors included 26-year-old Samantha Reid, a racing driver and one of Australia’s youngest fully-qualified driver trainers.
The appearance of drivers including Mikko Hirvonen, Thierry Neuville, Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke, Mads Ostberg, Andreas Mikkelsen and Brendan Reeves was their last public activity before they start preparations for the Coffs Coast rally with route reconnaissance tomorrow.
The CAMS Ignition and FIA Action for Road Safety programs demonstrate the motorsport world’s commitment to making everyday driving safer for all users.
CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos said Ignition was designed to educate young people in safe approaches to driving on public roads. “The Ignition program is CAMS’ contribution to Australian road safety and part of the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign and is one of the most unique and promising road safety initiatives,” Mr Papadopoulos said. “CAMS is proud to say it’s been showcased once more at Coates Hire Rally Australia with the support of some of the best drivers from the world. CAMS is thankful for their ongoing support.”
The Ignition program is for pre-licence teenagers. It features theoretical and practical workshops to help educate them on attitudes and behaviours, awareness and hazard perception towards road use.
Mr Papadopoulos said CAMS and Ignition were proud to be involved in the 2013 Coates Hire Rally Australia. “The FIA WRC is one of the most prestigious motor sport championships in the world and CAMS is delighted to be part of one of the biggest and best rally events, and in what is CAMS 60th year, it is sure to be another successful and memorable event.”
The FIA, the world governing body of motorsport, not only conducts Action for Road Safety activities around the world but also supports the United Nations Decade for Road Safety program. Central to the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign are the 10 Golden Rules for Safer Motoring. These rules aim to assist motorists in reaching a golden standard of driving and to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their passengers and all other road users.
The FIA has a long and distinguished history in promoting road safety. For many years the Federation has lobbied for improved legislation, infrastructure and vehicle safety technologies on an international scale.
Road safety is fast becoming a global problem with 1.3 million people losing their lives and 50 million others seriously injured annually as a result of road accidents. It is estimated that by 2020 road traffic accidents will claim two million lives each year – more then any other global pandemic.
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Chris Nixon Leith Mulligan
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Coates Hire Rally Australia CAMS
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