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
• Drug and Alcohol Use
• Night Driving
• Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Driving Range Exercises (8 Hours)
• Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Breaking
• Evasive Maneuvers
• 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.