Due to the overwhelming success of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office’s first “Teen Driver Challenge” in mid-January, a second session is planned for April 17, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“This unique program, sponsored by my agency and the Florida Sheriffs Association, is a 12-hour course designed to enhance young motor vehicle operators’ skills behind the wheel,” said Sheriff Mascara. “The first four hours are classroom instruction, followed by eight hours at the Indian River Law Enforcement Academy driving range in Fort Pierce.”
“The first class is available for any licensed driver between the ages of 16 and 21 or parent of a licensed teenage driver. Those who would like to sign up or get more information may contact Sgt. Andrew McIntosh of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Training Unit at 772-462-3215.”
All participants must have a vehicle and a valid driver's license.
Sheriff Mascara said, “The program is designed to give young drivers more knowledge and skills while operating their own vehicles.” Sheriff Mascara continued, “Operating a motor vehicle is a great responsibility. The Teen Driver Challenge is a program that is taught by certified, law enforcement driving instructors from the Sheriff’s Office who will provide our newest drivers with professional instruction.”
The Teen Driver Challenge was developed by the Florida Sheriffs Association and several Sheriff’s Offices throughout the state in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries suffered each year by young drivers on Florida roadways.
For further information, please see this web link on the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office’s website: http://www.stluciesheriff.com/teen_driver_challenge.php