Traffic crashed occur every 12 seconds in the United States. Vehicular crashes are the number one cause of deaths among young adults. Sheriff Frank McKeithen is committed to the safety of our community including our youths. The Teen Driver Challenge Program was implemented to target the concerns of parents and the Sheriff in an effort to save lives, better equip our youths to create safer driving habits, and learn skills that will better prepare them to cope with situations they may encounter while driving.

The course consist of a four hour classroom session followed by an eight hour driving session. This totals twelve hours for the entire course. Basic skills, actions and/or techniques are identified in the course which the teens need experience or training to safely operate a motor vehicle:

Classroom:                                                                          Driving Exercise:

Vehicle Dynamics                                                               Evasive Maneuvers
Human Factors                                                                   Threshold/Emergency Braking
Responsibility                                                                    Cornering
Liability                                                                              Backing
Drug and Alcohol Use                                                        Off Road Recovery
Aggressive Driving                                                            Forward/Reverse Serpentine
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All classes are conducted under direct supervision of a certified high liability driving instructor.  Instructors demonstrate the maneuver and each student has one-on-one instruction from their instructor while driving the course.

Classes are limited to ten students per class.  Each student must have a valid driver's license or valid learner's permit to participate in the training.  The classroom portion of the training will be held at the Bay County Sheriff's Office, located at 3421 N. Hwy 77 Panama City, Fl. 32405.  The driving portion of t of the training is conducted at the Gulf Coast State College driving range, located at 637 County Rd. 2300 Panama City, Fl. 32409.

To enroll, you can download the needed forms from the Sheriff's Office website at (http:\\www.bayso,org), the Sheriff's Office, or your local Community Police Office. Some forms must be notarized prior to returning them to the coordinator.  The program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.