teenchallengeThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and deaths among our young drivers. Their safety is a top priority. The Primary purpose of this course improves skills, vehicle knowledge, aids in the formation of good driving habits and provides valuable tools for all of their driving years.I would like to invite your teen to participate in the Florida Sheriff's Association's Teen Driver Challenge presented by Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. The Florida Sheriffs Association's Teen Driver Challenge first began in Leon County as a pilot program. The program was so successful, that in 2007,the FSA board adopted the idea and developed an expert team of law enforcement officials and teen driving experts to introduce the program statewide. Today, there are 37 counties with an active Teen Driver Challenge Program to include: Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Desoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Highlands, Lake, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Okeechobee, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, and Walton. 

For more detailed information about the Teen Driver Challenge, click here.

teenParticipants must be a high school student who has a restricted permit or driver's license. The class consists of three training days; the first day is a four-hour block of instruction in a classroom and the next two evenings are four-hours of vehicle operations at the Okeechobee High School Drivers Education pad. Your teen will learn service and maintenance, techniques on vehicle control, crash avoidance, and lots more. Students must use their own vehicles and it is recommended they use the vehicle they will
most likely be driving. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion. Certificates may be presented to your auto insurance company for a possible reduction in
your insurance premium (See Sergeant Stripling for a list of local participating insurance companies). All Instructors are Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies.  Topics include: Knowing your vehicle, using your senses, vehicle dynamics, safe driving habits, alcohol and driving, aggressive driving.

 Class Schedule & Registration

Classes are 3 evenings and scheduled as follows:

September 13,14,15, 2016
October 11,12,13, 2016
November 8,9,10, 2016
December 13,14,15, 2016
January 10,11,12, 2017
February 14,15,16, 2017
March 14,15,16, 2017
April 11,12,13, 2017


When and where is the class?

All TDC classes will be held in a 3 evening format. The dates listed above reflect Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. The classroom portion of the class will be held at the EOC (707 Northwest 6th Street) and will begin at 6:00PMand should conclude by 10:00PM.The driving exercise will be held on the driving range at the Okeechobee High School (2800 Hwy. 441 North) and will begin at 6:00pm and should conclude by 10:00PM.

The program will be conducted with a minimum of two (2) instructors on the first night and a minimum of 1 instructor for every three students for the driving range on the following days.

All Registration Information MUST be received prior to class date.

To register Contact Sgt. Stripling,fill out and submit the form below, bringing the necessary copies (teen's driver's license, teen's insurance card, current vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance card) with you to the class. You will be required to sign the documents at the beginning of the class,in the prescence of the Officer (Notary not necessary) 

Any questions, comments, or concerns should be addressed to Sgt. Keith Stripling at 863-634-9108 (Cell) or 863-763-2131 Ext. 1204.