Lifesavers Conference

May 23, 2016 | By Pickett Dummigan LLP

Attorney Christopher Larsen was invited to speak at the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities held April 3-5, 2016, in Long Beach, California. Speaking to a national audience of traffic safety professionals, Chris — along with Portland Police Officer James Sorensen and Trauma Nurse Joanne Fairchild – spoke about how they worked collaboratively with the courts, law enforcement, public health, transportation, traffic safety, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to create the “Share the Road” in 2007. Now in its 9th year, this highly class has educated more than 25,000 people about traffic law and safety issues that apply to ALL road users. They described how they did it, how they’re keeping it going, and how others can implement a similar program in their commuities to reduce traffic violations and fatalies.

Pictured above (from left to right): Portland Police Officer James Sorensen, Trauma Nurse Joanne Fairchild, Attorney Christopher Larsen, and NHTSA Safety Specialist Todd Hoose.

Chris, as a former Judge Pro Tem, got the approval of the Multnomah Circuit Court to give eligible traffic offenders an opportunity to take this two-hour traffic law and safety class in return for a dismissal of their traffic ticket. With a team of law enforcement, trauma nurses and bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates, Chris volunteers his time teaching the class to give traffic violators a second chance. Chris summed up his trip: “As a former judge and lawyer representing victims of unsafe driving, teaching Share the Road is one of the most rewarding ways I can give back to my community. All of the great folks I’ve worked with at Share the Road think it’s important to share our knowledge and experience so we can encourage and help others to create their own class that’s best suited for their particular community . I’m privileged to work with Officer Sorensen and Nurse Fairchild, who are on the front lines trying to make our community safer. Our goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities down to zero, because that’s the only acceptable number”. Pickett Dummigan LLP is proud to have Chris continue his community service efforts to help Oregonians become more educated drivers, and as a result, make our community safer.