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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Marion County Sheriff’s Office offering free safety course for teen drivers

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free driver’s safety course for local teenagers.

The Teen Driver’s Challenge is designed to help upcoming teenage drivers be safe on the roadways. With driving being the leading cause of death among teenagers, the sheriff’s office is committed to doing everything possible to reduce their chances of being involved in a traffic accident.

The class is for young drivers, between the ages of 15 to 19, who have a learner’s permit or driver’s license with at least six months of driving experience. It is a one-day event consisting of classroom instruction and vehicle operations.

During the class, participating teenagers will learn about topics that include teenage crash facts, drug and alcohol use, aggressive driving and road rage, threshold/emergency braking, backing, cornering, evasive maneuvers, and more.

Classes will be held at 3001 SW 67th Avenue in Ocala, across the street from Well Bilt Industries, on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 10.
  • Saturday, June 11.
  • Friday, July 8.
  • Saturday, July 9.

To enroll in one of these classes, visit the Teen Driver Challenge webpage and fill out the forms that are provided there. Some of these forms need to be notarized.

For more information, call the Teen Driver Challenge Line at 352-368-3530.