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 January 5th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces free defensive and safe driving class for young drivers
 
A free program offered by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office will help young drivers learn the skills of driving defensively and safely, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The Teen Drive Challenge in January will teach vital skills to licensed from ages 16 to 21," Sheriff Mascara said. "Statistics tell us that 25 to 30 percent of teen drivers will be involved in a car crash during their first year of driving. We want to give teen drivers the tools they need not to become statistics."

The Teen Driver Challenge will involve four hours of classroom training and eight hours of carefully supervised driving exercises.

The classroom session will be at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on Midway Road Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The driving session will be at the Indian River State College criminal justice training center on Kirby Loop Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Classes are free, but space is limited and parental permission is required, Sheriff Mascara said.

"We invite those interested to learn more and download the required forms at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office web site at this web page address:

http://www.stluciesheriff.com/teen_driver_challenge.php.

The forms also are available at Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce."

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