News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: August 30, 2016, 6:37 a.m.
UPDATE -- CLASS FULL: Registration now open for Oct. 22 "Drive with a Cop"
UPDATE: This year’s"Drive With A Cop" is full! Check back later here for info on our next event.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is providing free driving training for local teens during National Teen Driver Safety week in October. Registration is now open for the second annual "Drive with a Cop," scheduled for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel (9600 SW Boeckman Rd.) in Wilsonville. The free driver training is open to teens with a driver's license or permit.
"Research shows that 75% of fatal teen crashes are the result of high speed, and automobile crashes are the number one killer of teens nationwide" said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Our goal is to empower teens to make good decisions on the road."
"Drive with a Cop" puts teens in their own cars with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies who are also trained driving instructors. Teens learn about safe driving techniques as they navigate a driving course. Inside, teen drivers go through a variety of stations where they learn about the dangers of speed, impaired, and distracted driving. Participants have the opportunity to wear "impaired goggles" supplied by Oregon Impact and also hear from speakers impacted by teen car crashes.
"Distracted driving is not only a teen related problem this is an epidemic that impacts everyone," said Carrie Higgins, who lost her daughter Maddi in a high speed car crash on June 8, 2014. "I hope that by sharing Maddi's story, presenting statistics, and speaking honestly about my personal loss I can hopefully help save others from experiencing the devastation that follows these preventable car crashes."
"Drive with a Cop" will take place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct 16-22. Registration is now open on the website at www.drivewithacop.com.
For additional information please contact, Kim Lippert, Event
Coordinator, at 503-785-5016
Drive with a Cop is made possible through a partnership between the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Grace Chapel, and Oregon Impact.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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