Media Release - Miles State High School races home with Origin CARS Cup road safety challenge

23 November 2012

Miles State High School has raced across the line to take out the 2012 Origin CARS Cup Challenge.

Launched for the first time in 2011, the CARS Cup Challenge is an extension of Origin's 'Caring About Road Safety' (CARS) driver training program which targets young learner drivers with the aim of improving their skills and judgement in a range of driving situations.

The CARS Cup Challenge was established to encourage some healthy rivalry between schools participating in the CARS program and to also assist students to complete the course e-learning in a timely manner.

Miles State High School was declared the winner, with the highest student participation rate and e-learning scores in the CARS program.

Origin Regional Manager, Rob Hart, said the company had responded to local communities' requests for affordable driver education for students, given the high number of road tragedies in the region.

"Young drivers' skills and safety are a major concern for many communities and a top priority for Origin," Rob said.

"The Origin CARS program and the CARS Cup Challenge have been designed to ensure students have the kind of driving skills and positive driving attitudes that could save lives."

Origin Local Government and Community Relations Advisor, Sarah Parkinson, presented the trophy to Miles State High School Principal, Mr Sean Maher.

"I am delighted to present Miles State High School with the 2012 Origin CARS Cup Challenge trophy and a cheque for $1,000 to spend on sports equipment or resources for their library," Sarah said.

"Since we started the program five years ago, more than 1,300 students have graduated from the program. We've been touched by some of the feedback from participating students who've told us the skills they acquired had saved them from serious accidents."

Mr Maher said he was delighted to receive the CARS Cup Challenge trophy on behalf of Miles State High School.

"The Origin CARS program has been very beneficial to our community's young drivers. The program, focused around road rules and safety, lets students practice and develop their skills in a safe environment with trained driving instructors," Mr Maher said.

"We are pleased to be able to work in partnership with Origin to provide our students with opportunities which will assist them in being safer drivers on our roads. I would like to thank Origin for providing this program for the students of south west Queensland and to our school in particular.

"The program plays a role in preparing our Year 12 students for life after school. We are thrilled that we have been named the winning school for the 2012 Origin CARS Cup Challenge and I would like to congratulate all the students who were involved for their efforts and success."

Sarah Parkinson also acknowledged the efforts of Moura State High School which came runner up in the 2012 Challenge.

Origin subsidises the course by over 80%, reducing the cost from $320 to $50 per student. The half day course includes practical driver training on controlled local roads with the RACQ, which can count for up to 1.5 hours in a Learner Driver's logbook.

Participants learn about vision, observation, road rules, planning and judgement. They also gain practical experience in many areas that could affect a driver's ability to drive safely, such as speed, braking distances and techniques and mobile phone use.

The CARS program is available to secondary school students that are aged over 16 and have a Queensland Learner's Licence. For more information visit: 

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