Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association is a proud sponsor of DRIVE WITH A COP that was held Saturday, October 21st at Portland International Raceway. DRIVE WITH A COP pairs teens who are licensed drivers in their own cars with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies and deputies from as far away as Boardman 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”.
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. Carrie 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 a 16 month period. “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.”
Here are a couple news clips from the event:
Also check out #drivewithacop for more event photos.
Do you want your teen driver to train for a day behind the wheel with deputies? Bookmark http://DriveWithACop.com/ and watch for next years announcement.