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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office offers free teen driving training to first 100 to register

Registration is now open for the annual Drive with a Cop event, which pairs teen drivers and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies for a day of driving training.

The event happens at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested are asked to register online at drivewithacop.com. Space is limited to the first 100 people to register, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Parents are invited to attend along with their children.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - A Clackamas County officer instructs a teen at last year's 'Drive with a Cop' event.

This year's event is expected to be bigger than ever, according to the sheriff's office, and will include new technology to help teens stay safe on the road. Deputies will train teen drivers on the racetrack, and the teens will rotate through various stations outside the car as well to learn the dangers of driving too fast, distracted or impaired.

"Teen car crashes are the leading killer of young people nationwide," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Drive with a Cop is a way for us to offer free driving training to kids in our community. Research shows the more training a teen has the less likely they are to die in a car accident."

One of the stations at the event is hosted by Les Schwab and will teach teens about how to change a tire, put on chains and what to do if their car breaks down.

There will also be speakers impacted by the loss of family members in teen driving crashes, a crash reconstruction presentation and more.

Drive with a Cop is sponsored by Oregon Department of Transportation, Swift Transportation, Oregon Impact and Les Schwab.

Additional information is available at drivewithacop.com.


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