Teen Driver Challenge

2016 Classes

Classes are currently being scheduled for the Teen Driving Challenge to take place in the summer of 2016.  Due to the popularity of the program we are going to schedule as many classes as possible.

Each session will consist of 2 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours on the driving range.  

Please complete the information on the forms that can be downloaded further down on this page.

The following dates are confirmed:

  • June 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
  • June 22nd, 23rd24th 
  • June 29th, 30th, July 1st
  • July 13th, 14th, 15th 
  • July 27th, 28th, 29th
More dates may be added at a later time, so please check back.   
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Teen Driver Challenge Logo.The Leon County Sheriff's Office is committed to the safety of the community to include our most precious commodity, our youth.  As a result, a number of programs have been implemented that provide education and training to protect them.  These programs have targeted issues that concern parents, and include “The Teen Driver Challenge", which is specifically designed for the teen driver.  The Challenge is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association and supported by the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The Teen Driver Challenge is the result of a committee assembled by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, including law enforcement driving instructors from around the state and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

The committee identified that 25% to 30% 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.

The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program providing information and first hand experience. If confronted with emergency situation students who complete this course will have the knowledge and skills to react accordingly and reduce the chance of becoming a statistic.

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.

Visit the Florida Sheriff's Association Teen Driver Challenge website.

The Teen Driver Challenge is NOT an advanced driving course. It is a DEFENSIVE DRIVING PROGRAM that covers the following topics and driving exercises.

Topics {2 hours – Classroom}

  • Vehicle Dynamics 
  • Human Factors 
  • Responsibility 
  • Liability 
  • Drug and Alcohol Use 
  • Night Driving 
  • Aggressive Driving and Road Rages

Driving Exercises {6 hours – Driving Range}

  • Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking 
  • Evasive Maneuvers 
  • Cornering 
  • Backing 
  • Forward and Reverse Serpentine 
  • Figure 8 
  • Off Road Recovery 
  • Skid Control

 *** Requirements to Attend ***

  • Child must be between the ages of 15-19 (15 years old with a restricted license and at least 6 months of driving or 16 years old with a Drivers License),
  • have a valid Florida Drivers License,
  • have access to a safe vehicle.
  • The vehicle operated must have proof of insurance.
  • Child and Parent must sign a waiver of liability prior to taking this course.

All classes will be held at Gene Cox Stadium, 601 Paul Russell Rd (next to the Fairgrounds). 

The following forms are required by each student.  Please download and complete prior to attending the course

Please send inquires to Sgt. Rob Reisinger.

Sgt. Reisinger can be reached at (850) 606-3254 or reisingr@leoncountyfl.gov


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