Drive to Zero program inspires safety message for Oregon City High School students

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

Media and Interested Parties

Thanks to Clackamas County's Drive to Zero driver safety program, Oregon City High School (OCHS) students who drive and park at school this year will be constantly reminded to stay safe by not texting and driving at the same time.

In spring 2016, junior Aryeh Masters entered artwork in the Drive to Zero Posters & Coasters Safe Driving Media contest with a picture of a cell phone and this text: LIFE - Don't Drive and Text, or You'll Be Next. Drive Safe, Save Lives. (See image below.)

High school staff selected Masters' artwork to include on student parking permits issued for the 2016-17 school year. Every OCHS student who drives will receive a school parking permit with a "no text" sticker on it.

OCHS Vice Principal Kathy Johnson worked with Drive to Zero Program Coordinator Patty McMillan to have Masters' poster converted into stickers to place on the permits. Students will be required to display the permit on school property.

Johnson said, "They [the stickers] look fantastic and the kids think they are great."

The contest, which was open to high school students who live in Clackamas County, received almost 150 student entries focused on the importance of wearing seat belts, slowing down, not driving impaired and not texting.

The top 10 winners, including Masters (honorable mention), were awarded prizes. The top three posters are on display at Clackamas Town Center through Sept. 30 in the food court and also near Barnes & Noble.

The contest was cosponsored by State Farm Insurance.

For more information, members of the media and public can contact Patty McMillan at 503-742-4661.

LIFE ? Don't Drive and Text, or You'll Be Next