Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers? The Walton County Sheriffís 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 Learnerís 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 studentís 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.