Young Drivers Participate In Teen Driver Challenge With The Sheriff’s Office

February 19, 2016 | Hannah Meredith

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Teen Driver Challenge offers the opportunity for teenagers, ages 15 to 19, to learn driving skills they do not learn in Drivers Education. In the class, the students practice emergency breaking, figure eights, off road recovery, and skid control.

The class is free of charge and reduces the risk of crashes and the number of DUI’s for students who take it. It occurs once a month, over a period of two days. It is provided by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office but is taken on the Northwest Florida State College Driving Range. There is a limit of 12 people per class and the number of participants vary from month to month. According to school resource officer, Deputy Randall Joiner, “[Students] must have a permit for 6 months before they sign up for the course.”

Students may sign up for this course by going to the Okaloosa Sheriffs Office website, hovering over “Resources” and clicking “Teen Driver Challenge” or by contacting the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

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