WCSO hosts Teen Driver Challenge

Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 08:58 AM.

Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers? The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge. It is a free course designed to help teens boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash.

The program will provide a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training.  The classroom portion will take place from 5-9 p.m. Sept.  5 at Walton High School , 449 Walton Road in DeFuniak Springs. The driving portion will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 6, at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 North Hwy. 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Teens 15-19 are eligible and must have a valid Learner’s Permit/Florida Operators License for at least six months and participants must provide their own car. A current copy of a driver license, vehicle registration and insurance is required.  The class is limited to 12 students and all others will be placed on a waiting list for future classes.

The Teen Driver Challenge is not an advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:

Classroom Topics (4 Hours)

• Vehicle Dynamics

• Human Factors

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