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 your Sheriff's Office.The Florida Sheriffs Association's Teen Driver Challenge first began in Leon County as apilot 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 teendriving experts to introduce the program statewide. Today, there are 37 counties with an active TeenDriver 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 two training days; the first day is a four-hour block of instruction in a classroom and the second day is eight-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 2 days and scheduled as follows:

September 11-12, 2015
October 9-10, 2015
November 13-14, 2015
December 11-12, 2015
January 8-9, 2016
February 12-13, 2016
March 11-12, 2016
April 8-9, 2016

To Register for the Teen Driver Challenge online click here.

When and where is the class?

All TDC classes will be held in a 2 day (12 hour) format. The dates listed above reflect a Friday night and a Saturday. 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 Saturday driving exercise will be held on the driving range at the Okeechobee High School (2800 Hwy. 441 North) and will begin at 9:00AM and should conclude by 5:00PM.

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

All Registration Information MUST be received prior to class date.

To register online, simply 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. 

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