Wakulla Teens Get Behind the Wheel in Driver Challenge

Wakulla County Teen Driver Challenge
Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 17:55:00-05

CRAWFORDVILLE, FL (WTXL) -- The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office is hosting a teen driver challenge this week to make sure the new drivers are ready to handle whatever comes at them on the road.

The challenge, starting Monday, puts the teens through driving exercises in a controlled environment.

They practiced figure 8's and serpentine exercises at the fire training center, even wearing goggles that simulated impaired driving.

Sheriff Charlie Creel said it's important for the teens to keep these lessons in mind this holiday season, when millions of drivers are expected to hit the road.

"You're constantly reading about children involved in crashes," Creel said. "This is a very good program. It teaches them skills they would not learn anywhere else."

15 drivers are enrolled in this week's class -- the largest class in the program's two-year history. They'll continue exercises Tuesday at the high school.