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Polk and Hillsborough County deputies offer to teach teens how to become safer drivers

Posted: 5:14 AM, Aug 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 13:40:39Z

TAMPA, Fla. — The Polk County and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Offices are both offering to teach teens methods and techniques to become safer drivers.

Teenagers love to get their driver's license. It gives them additional freedoms away from their parents. 

But that license comes at a high cost for too many teens — their lives. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 18-year-olds in the United States.

Over 2,000 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2016. That sobering statistic is the reason the two Sheriff's Offices are offering to teach teens methods and techniques to become safer drivers.

Polk County's Teen Driver Challenge reduces the likelihood a teenager will be in a fatal crash by teaching them how to become safer, more effective drivers.

The driving program is free. The only cost is twelve hours of your time. The program is being held on August 24 and 25 and again on September 21 and 22.

To learn more about Polk County's program, the requirements to participate and how to register, visit the Sheriff's Office Teen Driver Challenge page .

Hillsborough County offers its free Teen Driver Challenge four times per year. The next class will be held on December 1.

To learn more about Hillsborough County's program, the requirements to participate and how to register, visit the Sheriff's Office Teen Driver Challenge page .