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 Sheriffs Association and supported by the Sheriff.
Classroom - February 22 (Thursday) 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Driving Range - February 24 (Saturday) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Sheriffs Association, including law enforcement driving instructors from around the state.

The committee identified that 25 percent to 30 percent 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 (2 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, or a Learner's Permit for the last six months, 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. 
The following documents MUST be submitted along with the liability release forms and application NO LATER than TWO WEEKS prior to the first class:
  1. Vehicle owner's driver's license
  2. Student's driver's license or permit
  3. Vehicle registration
  4. Automobile insurance card
  5. Student's medical insurance card