Clackamas County Sheriff's Office invites teens to 'Drive with a Cop' Oct. 21

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, 4 p.m.

 

DRIVE WITH A COP VIDEO PROMO:

Drive with a Cop promo flyerRegistration is now open for the third annual "Drive with a Cop," scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Portland International Raceway (1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland).

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office developed "Drive with a Cop" to help save lives on the road.

"I believe we are really making a difference in the lives of kids," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Our goal is to help empower teens to make good decisions on the road."

"Drive with a Cop" is scheduled during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The event pairs teen drivers with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies -- as well as law enforcement officers from across the state who are trained driving instructors -- for a day of training behind the wheel and in the classroom.

Car crashes are the number one killer of young people nationwide.

"It's amazing to try and prevent some of these car crashes from happening in the future," said Sgt. Brad O'Neil. "They are quite devastating not only to the people involved but to the families, witnesses, and officers who respond to these."

At "Drive with a Cop," teens learn about the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, and how being impaired by drugs and alcohol impacts decision making behind the wheel. Participants wear "impaired goggles" that simulate the experience of driving drunk or high to demonstrate the dangers of driving while under the influence.

Teens also hear from several speakers impacted by teen car crashes, including Carrie Higgins, who lost her 17-year old daughter Maddi in a high speed car crash on Pete's Mountain Road on June 8, 2014.

"If we can save just one life, if someone comes out with just a little something it will be worth it," said Carrie Higgins.

"Drive with a Cop" is made possible through a partnership with Oregon Impact, an organization providing educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving, along with a generous grant from State Farm.

To register for "Drive with a Cop," go to the event website.

"Drive with a Cop" is free and open to the first 100 people to register. You must be at least 16 years old and have a driver's license and insurance to participate. Sign up now, as spots fill up quickly.

For additional information please contact Event Coordinator Kim Lippert at 503-785-5016 or klippert@clackamas.us.

A promo video is linked (in several formats) above.

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