WCSO to host Teen Driver Challenge

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The Sun attended a Teen Driver Challenge a couple year’s back and this is what it looked like. The students got one-on-one time riding with the deputies through orange cone-pathways, designed to simulate different driving situations. The students were put through six maneuvers, threshold braking, evasive maneuvers, cornering, forward serpentine, figure 8, and intersection backing.

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:57 PM.

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. Friday, Feb. 7, in room 20-121 at Walton High School, 449 Walton Road in DeFuniak Springs. The driving portion will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 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. Forms can be picked up from the student’s School Resource Deputy and must be turned in by Monday, Feb. 3

 For more information, please contact School Resource Deputy David Talley at dtalley@waltonso.org.



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