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Teen Driver Challenge
 
Sheriff Mascara is committed to the safety of the community including our youth and has implemented a number of programs directing the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office to provide education and training to protect them.  These programs have targeted issues that concern parents, and now Sheriff Mascara is offering a new program specifically designed for the teen driver.  The program is known as "The Teen Driver Challenge". The challenge is backed by the Florida Sheriff's Association and supported by the Sheriff.

Watch the Teen Driver Challenge Video

When

Classroom
Sept 11th 2014 (Thu) 5:30 - 9:30pm

Driving Range
Sept 13th (Sat) 8:00am - 5:00pm

*Registration documents must be returned to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office by Sept 4th, 2014

Where
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Training Room
4700 W. Midway Rd.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
Contact Person
Carrie Fage
Training Unit
(772) 462-3607
The Teen Driver Challenge is the result of a committee assembled by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, including law enforcement driving instructors from around the state.

The committee identified that 25% to 30% of teen drivers will be involved in a crash during the first year of driving. Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death among teens and cause billions of dollars in loss annually.

With those statistics alone it was imperative that the committee address ways to reduce the risk our teens have in driving and build a program to provide instruction by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certified Driving Instructors. 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 Exercises (8 Hours - Driving Range)

  • Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
  • Evasive Maneuvers
  • Cornering
  • Backing
  • Forward and Reverse Serpentine
  • Figure 8
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Control

The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program providing information and first hand experience. If confronted with an emergency situation students who complete this course will have the knowledge and skills to react accordingly and reduce the chance of becoming a statistic.

The Teen is required to have a valid Florida Operators License and drive a car they will be using a majority of the time.  (The Sheriff’s Office will not provide cars for this program.) 

Please click the links below for release forms and applications.  For further information please call the Sheriff’s Office or contact the School Resource Officer at your child’s high school.


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