You must be registered and the proper forms submitted (see below) to attend a class.
Classes often close due to full enrollment so the earlier you apply the more likely you will receive entry!
Gulf High School
5355 School Rd, New Port Richey
Oct. 22nd, 8 AM – 5 PM, parking lot
For more information or to sign up for the Teen Driver Challenge, contact the School Resource Officers Unit at 727-836-8446.
Students must possess a valid Driver’s License to participate in this program!
You must download and fill out the following three permission forms to participate!
Note: These forms must be signed and notarized!
- Parental Permission Form
- Student Statement of Voluntary Participation
- Vehicle Owner’s Statement of Permission
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of the community including our youth and has implemented a number of programs to provide education and training to protect them. These programs have targeted issues that concern parents, and now PSO 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 Pasco Sheriff’s Office. The committee identified that 25 – 30 percent 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 an 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 regard to the crash 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. 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
- Drug and Alcohol Use
- Night Driving
- Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Driving Exercises (8 Hours – Driving Range)
- Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
- Evasive Maneuvers
- Forward and Reverse Serpentine
- Figure 8
- Off Road Recovery
- Skid Control
Classes are scheduled regularly at several area high schools. The teen is required to have a valid Florida operators license and drive a car they will be using a majority of the time. The Sheriff’s Office does not provide cars for this program. The student must return all required forms to their school resource officer. The Sheriff’s Office will provide the course at specified school campuses on a regular basis to students who are unable to attend the currently scheduled classes.
For further information please call the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Unit or contact the School Resource Officer at your child’s high school.