Teen Driver Challenge

2015 Classes

Classes are currently being scheduled for the Teen Driving Challenge to take place in the summer of 2015.  Due to the popularity of the program we are going to schedule as many classes as possible.

Each session will consist of 4 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours on the driving range.  Driving range days will be limited to 10 students per day, so choose only one range date for that week.

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

The following dates are confirmed:

  • June 23rd (Classroom) - 24th, 25th, 26th June (Driving)
  • July 14th (Classroom) - 15th, 16th, 17th July (Driving)
  • July 21st (Classroom) - 22nd, 23rd, 24th July (Driving)
  • July 28th (Classroom) - 29th, 30th, 31st July (Driving)
  • August 4th (Classroom) - 5th, 6th, 7th (Driving)

More dates may be added at a later time as the range becomes available.


Teen Driver Challenge Logo.Sheriff Campbell is committed to the safety of the community to include our most precious commodity, our youth. As a result, he 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 Campbell 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 Sheriff’s Association and supported by the Sheriff.

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 {4 hours – Classroom}

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

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


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.

The classroom sessions will be held at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in the Citizens Academy Classroom. The practical will be held at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Driving Range. 

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) 922-3329 or reisingr@leoncountyfl.gov


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