Bay Co. Sheriff's Office Hosting Teen Driver Challenge

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Teen Driver Challenge going on this week in Bay County filled up quickly, but Sheriff Tommy Ford is hoping with enough interest to open up another week of the program.

The school resource deputies (SRDs) host the two day driver education program in the summer. It includes a day of classroom lessons and a day on the driving pad.

Ford said this program is unique because it allows teens to learn from the deputies.

"We're actually in the car with them, in their own cars and helping them negotiate things like not over correcting, how to recover from a skid and how to drive safely," Ford said.

The sheriff's office started hosting the program when Bay District School officials had to remove the Driver's Education class from the high schools because of funding. Now that the district has brought back the program, Ford said he is sharing resources like a unique skid car with the district.

The program is open to students ages 15 to 19 who have at least a Learner's Permit.

To register for any upcoming classes, click here.

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