Driving a safe message: Lachlan Doherty hosted a safe driving panel at St Gregory’s College. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale.Lachlan Doherty is a car enthusiast with a passion for safe driving.

He is also involved in the Max Potential program, and recently hosted a safe driving panel at his school, St Gregory’s College.

The 17-year-old student from Eagle Vale is paired with local business leader Andrew Fennessy, assistant general manager of Event Cinemas Campbelltown, as part of the program, and was required to host a community event.

‘‘I have an active interest in cars and I’m passionate about driving, and I’ve noticed issues with what young drivers believe is acceptable behaviour on the road,’’ Lachlan said.

‘‘I wanted to represent at the panel what car enthusiasts really believe, and change the way young people think about driving behaviour.’’

Lachlan said he had received a very positive response leading up the panel, which was held on Saturday at St Greg’s and featured appearances from local council members, highway patrol and fellow car enthusiasts.

Setting up the safe driving panel was important to Lachlan, who told the Advertiser he didn’t want to hear that one of his schoolmates had been involved in an accident.

‘‘I don’t want to see on social media that someone I know, someone I’ve spent the last six years of school with, has died in a car accident because they weren’t being safe on the road or they were doing something stupid and trying to show off.’’

Lachlan is grateful for all the Max Potential program has taught him.

‘‘Max Potential has been great, it’s been really beneficial, especially with the creative expression project where I did photography — which was something I had never done before, it was something completely new to me,’’ the former Eschol Park PublicSchool student said.

‘‘I though it would be something useful for my lifetime goal of being a journalist — I hope to get into automotive journalism.’’

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