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



• Responsibility



• Liability



• Drug and Alcohol Use



• Night Driving



• Aggressive Driving and Road Rage



Driving Range Exercises (8 Hours)



• Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Breaking



• Evasive Maneuvers



• Cornering



• Backing



• Forward and Reverse Serpentine



• Figure 8



• Off Road Recovery



• Skid Control



The program is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and supported by the sheriff.  For more information please contact your student’s School Resource Deputy.