News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: October 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
- Maddi Higgins: [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
- Firefighters work to help teen victims of a crash on Pete's Mountain Road on June 8, 2014. 17-year old Maddi Higgins and 18-year old Hayden Soyk died in the tragedy.
- Drive with a Cop logo: [ version 1 ] [ version 2 ]
In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is raising awareness about safe driving with the inaugural "Drive with a Cop."
The event will take place on Oct. 24 at Grace Chapel (9600 SW Boeckman Rd., Wilsonville) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 18-24. With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has created an event to put teens in cars with deputies to learn how to drive safe behind the wheel.
"Our deputies who are trained driving instructors will take teens through the same driving maneuvers that we learn in law enforcement," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "This is a great opportunity for teens to improve their driving skills and learn about how to stay safe on the road."
Oregon Impact and World of Speed Museum will partner with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for "Drive with a Cop." Teens will not only go through a driving course, but also have the opportunity to try on impaired goggles, hear from a panel of speakers, and learn about the dangers of distracted driving.
Carrie Higgins, mother of 17-year old Maddi Higgins who lost her life in a car accident in 2014 will share her story. She has created "Angel 5 -- Long Live the Legacy of Five" -- a campaign that aims to make young people aware of the possible consequences of speeding and driving impaired or while distracted. The "Angel 5" campaign represents five Clackamas County teens who lost their lives in car crashes in the past 16 months.
"It keeps Maddi's name alive, but more importantly hopefully it saves lives," said Carrie Higgins about the "Angel 5" campaign. "Hopefully our efforts can prevent one fatality and one family from going through what we have."
Register for "Drive with a Cop" right here.
For more information on "Drive with a Cop," contact event coordinator Kim Lippert at 503-785-5016 or email@example.com
Earlier press release (Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015): Sheriff's Office invites teens to 'Drive with a Cop,' learn road safety Oct. 24; registration now open
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office