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 20-21, 2013
October 18-19, 2013
November 15-16, 2013
December 20-21, 2013
January 17-18, 2014
February 14-15, 2014
March 14-15, 2014
April 18-19, 2014
May 16-17, 2014

To Register for the Teen Driver Challenge online click here.

When and where is the class?

The first day of class is from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm to be conducted at the Okeechobee County Emergency Operations center at 707 NW 6th St. The second day is from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Okeechobee High School Driving Pad, 2800 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. You can register your teen using the printable registration form or you may register online (see below).

All Registration Information MUST be received prior to class date.

You may register two ways, online or by mail. 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. To register by mail, download the Teen Driver Challenge Registration Form Here, fill it out, and mail it to the following address:

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Sgt. Keith Stripling, Program Coordinator
504 NW 4th St Okeechobee, Florida 34972

For more information on this or any other program offered by the Sheriff's Office contact the
Program Coordinator at 863-357-1600 or by email at kstripling@okeesheriff.org.