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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office hosts 'Drive with a Cop'

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CCSO - Clackamas County Deputy Brad O'Neil talks with teens at the 2015 Drive with a Cop event, prior to the teens getting behind the wheel out on the driving course.The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will host its second-annual “Drive with a Cop” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Grace Chapel (9600 Boeckman Rd., Wilsonville) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place during National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 16-22).

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.

The Sheriff’s Office developed “Drive with a Cop” as a way to help teens become safer drivers on the road.

At the event, teens will partner with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies who are also trained driving instructors on a driving course to learn how to better handle their cars in all sorts of driving conditions.

Teens will also learn about the dangers of driving impaired, distracted, or too fast.

Teens will hear from speakers impacted by car crashes, including Carrie Higgins, who lost her daughter Maddi in a high-speed car crash on June 8, 2014.

Higgins has become a safe teen driving advocate — and tells her story in hopes of empowering other teens to make good decisions while driving and as a passenger in the car.

To watch a video about “Maddi’s Story,” produced by the Sheriff’s Office with Carrie Higgins, click here:

https://youtu.be/mFu6TWRdu5I