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MCSO hosting safety course for teen drivers in June

Update (May 17, 2024): The Teen Driver’s Challenge safety course on June 6 is now full. According to the sheriff’s office, another class has been added on July 25, and registration is open.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will host a free driver’s safety class for local teens in early June, and enrollment is now open.

The Teen Driver’s Challenge safety course is offered by the sheriff’s office to help upcoming teen motorists be safe on Marion County’s roadways.

The one-day course, which is for young drivers (ages 15 to 19) who have a learner’s permit or driver’s license with at least six months of driving experience, will take place on Thursday, June 6.

MCSO teen driving class (photo by MCSO)
MCSO will host its next Teen Driver’s Challenge class on June 6, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must have their own vehicle. (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The upcoming class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and participants will meet across the street from Well Bilt Industries (3001 SW 67th Avenue in Ocala). The course will consist of classroom instruction and vehicle operations.

During the course, participating teens 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.

Driving is the leading cause of death among teenagers, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office states that it is committed to doing everything possible to reduce the chances of young motorists being involved in a traffic accident.

To sign up for the course, visit MCSO’s Teen Driver Challenge webpage and fill out the forms that are provided there. Some of these forms will need to be notarized.

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