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Portland International Raceway

1940 North Victory Boulevard

Portland, OR 97217

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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office hosts its third annual "Drive with a Cop" on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Portland International Raceway.

This free event takes place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, and is open to licensed teen drivers.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and trained driving instructors from statewide law enforcement agencies will provide hands on training behind the wheel and in the classroom to teen drivers. Participants will learn driving skills and receive training on the dangers of driving distracted or impaired.

Teens will also 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 is a safe teen driving advocate and tells her story to encourage good decisions while driving and as a passenger in a car.

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

Parents are welcome to attend the event from 10 a.m. to noon. This year from 11 a.m. to noon "Drive with a Cop" will host a roundtable discussion with parents at the event on how teen brain development impacts decision making.

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for people from 15 to 20 years old in Oregon. Each year more than 300 Oregon teenagers are involved in fatal or injury crashes. Nationally, over 30,000 Americans die in car crashes each year.

No one wants to become a statistic. Deadly car crashes are preventable. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office created "Drive with a Cop" to help local teens learn safe driving habits.

"Drive with a Cop" is made possible through a partnership with State Farm Insurance and Oregon Impact.

More information on "Drive with a Cop" can be found at www.drivewithacop.com.

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