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Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds in the United States. Vehicular crashes are the
No. 1 cause of deaths amoung young adults.
If you are a teen driver, 16-19 years of
age, you are more likely to be killed in an automobile crash than any other way.
The first step in reducing these statistics begins with you and the challenge to become a more informed, safer and efficient driver. The Teen Driver Challenge course will provide
you with the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce your chances of being involved in a crash.



FSA Teen Driver Challenge 

The Desoto County Sheriff's Office will be offering another opportunity for teen's to take the challenge during May 7th and 9th. The class is formatted for teens 16-19 years of age that possess a valid Florida Operator's Driver's License.  The students will be required to use their own vehicle during the training.The Teen Driver Challenge consists of two training days totaling twelve hours.  The first day includes a four block of instruction in the classroom, while the second day is an eight hour block on the driving range.  The classroom block will cover topics related to Teen Crash Facts, Knowing Your Vehicle, and  Use "Common Senses" when driving, Belt Yourself- It Won't Hurt, Vehicle Dynamics, and Safe driving Can Be Habit Forming, Alcohol- the $800.00 Drink, Aggressive Driving, and Driving Exercises. The driving pad block of instruction will consist of the following exercises: Figure 8, Threshold Braking, Forward Serpentine, Reverse Serpentine, Cornering, and Off Road Recovery. The class will be instructed by DCSO Driving Instructors.

Class size is limited. There is NO COST to participate in the class. If you would like your teen to participate in this class or for more information, please contact Lieutenant Curt Mays at (863) 993-4700 or email cmays@desotosheriff.org .  We are now accepting applications for participation in our next class.


Click on the document name to download the forms. Student Application, Parent Approval, Vehicle Owner Statement. All documents are to be completed and notarized and forwarded to:

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office

Attention: Lieutenant Curt Mays

208 E Cypress St

Arcadia, Florida 34266

Class Schedule

THURSDAY 5:30pm- 9:30 PM Classroom @ DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
SATURDAY 8:00AM-5:00PM Driving Pad@ The Turner Center
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: (863)993-4700 EXT. 2242

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office would like to extend a word of thanks to Sheriff Brad Strube and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, for all the assistance in the development of our Teen Driver Challenge Program.
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Desoto County Sheriff's Office
William P. Wise Sheriff

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Fl. 34266
(863) 993-4700
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