WCSO to Host Teen Driver Challenge

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 on Friday, November 22nd at Walton High School, located at 449 Walton Road, Defuniak Springs, in room 20-121 from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, November 23rd, at the Walton County Fairgrounds located at 790 North Hwy 83, 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 6 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 School Resource Deputy David Talley at dtalley@waltonso.org.

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