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 June 11th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces free defensive driving class for teen drivers who already have their driver license
 
A free program offered by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office will help young drivers who already have their licenses to learn the skills of driving defensively and safely, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The Sheriff's Office's Teen Driver Challenge will help teens learn the skills to drive more safely," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "This three-year-old program has already graduated 3,000 teens throughout the state. The Number 1 killer of American teens is car crashes. That's why this course is so important. I want to emphasize that this is not a 'driver's education' class. It's for teens who already have their driver licenses."

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 July 8 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, July 10.

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

Those who are interested can 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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