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Teen Driver Challenge offered by WCSO

Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds in the United States. Vehicular crashes are the top cause of deaths among young adults. Teenagers are more likely to be killed in an automotive crash than any other way.

With these statics in mind, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is offering a two day program designed to make local teenagers better drivers.

The Teen Driver Challenge will provide life saving skills, techniques and education to better operate a motor vehicle. Armed with the information learned during the driving challenge, teenagers will become more informed, safer and efficient drivers. The knowledge and hands-on experience learned in the program will reduce the chances of being involved in a crash.

The 12 hour program will be held Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. The first day will be hosted by the sheriff’s office from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the second day will be held at the Wakulla High School parking area from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The program is open to teenager’s age 16 to 19 that must have a valid driver license and their own transportation.

Some of the areas of study will include: steering techniques, braking, hydroplaning, driving hazards, aggressive driving and driving exercises.

The first day will include a classroom setting at the sheriff’s office where students will learn new skills while the second day will allow teenagers to use their own vehicles in the vehicle operations part of the training. The instructors are certified law enforcement trainers from the WCSO. Upon completion of the program, teenagers will receive a certificate and the presentation of the certificate may result in a reduction of premiums through your insurance company.

The Teen Driver Challenge has been offered through the efforts of the Florida Sheriffs Association for many years. By completing the Teen Driver Challenge, young drivers become better equipped to handle driving on Florida’s roads.

The program is free. For more information, contact Sgt. Billy Jones at wjones@wcso.org.

 

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