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 April 6th, 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 Sheriff's Office offers the Teen Driver Challenge to help teens learn the skills to drive more safely," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "This program is only three years old, but it has already graduated 3,000 teens throughout the state. Car crashes are the Number 1 killer of American teens, and that's a statistic we'd like to change."

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 April 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The driving session will be at the Indian River State College's Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

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."

Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at 772-462-3604.

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