Kids invited to have fun while learning at Safety Street at the Clackamas County Fair, Aug. 14-18

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

Safety Street, a driving course for children 8 years old and younger, returns to the Clackamas County Fair this year, offering everyone the opportunity to learn about traffic safety while having fun. 

The driving course and other interactive activities will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 14-18. On Aug. 15, Safety Street will open one hour earlier at 10 a.m. The fairgrounds are located at 694 4th Ave. in Canby.

In Safety Street, young “drivers” are assigned pedal cars and drive on a simulated city street, accompanied by a parent or adult. Adults ask age-appropriate questions to the children as they drive past the stations, which include traffic-safety messages about school zones, railroad crossings and stop signs. Parents are encouraged to incorporate their own safety messages into the ride. Children who complete the course are issued a Junior Driver's License. 

Safety Street will be staffed with representatives many important county safety organizations, including Clackamas 9-1-1, Clackamas Emergency Operations Center, Clackamas County Traffic Safety Commission, Drive to Zero and Crime Prevention. They will be on hand daily to provide vital safety messages and education.

Other special Safety Street events include:

  • Children’s Day, Tuesday, Aug. 14: Safety Street will come alive with a host of guest safety professionals. Booths will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Senior Citizen Day, Wednesday, Aug. 15: Clackamas Fire District #1 will feature senior fire and fall prevention information and guidance from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 14 and 15, Think First Oregon will sell bicycle helmets for $5 while supplies last.  

For more information about driving safety, check out the Clackamas County Drive to Zero Traffic Safety Program website.  

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Rob Sadowsky at the county’s Department of Transportation and Development at rsadowsky@clackamas.us or 503-679-7375.