Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters           1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Inverness, FL 34450-4968
Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters
1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450-4968
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Teen Driver Challenge

Sheriff Dawsy is committed to the safety of the community including our youth and has implemented a number of programs directing the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office to provide education and training to protect them. These programs have targeted issues that concern parents, and Sheriff Dawsy is offering a program specifically designed for the teen driver. The program is known as “The Teen Driver Challenge". The challenge is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association and supported by the Sheriff.

The Teen Driver Challenge was established in 2007 by the Florida Sheriff’s Association. The program was designed to teach crash avoidance skills to teens in an effort to reduce teen crashes.   Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death among teens and cause billions of dollars in loss annually.

The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program providing information and first hand driving experience. If confronted with an emergency situation, students who complete this course will have the knowledge and skills to react accordingly and reduce the chance of becoming a statistic.

The Teen Driver Challenge is held on a closed course and is taught by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certified Driving Instructors. The Teen Driver Challenge is not an advanced driving course, but rather a “challenge” for the students to become better, safer drivers It is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility
  • Liability
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Distracted Driving
  • Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Driving Exercises
  • Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
  • Evasive Maneuvers
  • Cornering
  • Backing
  • Forward and Reverse Serpentine
  • Figure 8
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Control

Classes are scheduled throughout the school year for public school students, and they can sign up to attend with their school resource officer. Teens attending through their school are required to have a valid Florida Operators License and drive a car they will be using a majority of the time (The Sheriff’s Office will not provide cars for this program).

Quarterly weekend classes are offered for private and home schooled students. Students holding a valid learner permit for six (6) months or more may attend the quarterly weekend classes.

Completed application forms should be sent to the school resource officer for public school attendees and to Deputy Nancy Suto ( for all quarterly weekend classes. All forms must be notarized and include a photo copy of drivers license, valid car insurance and registration.

For all questions about this program – please call Deputy Nancy Suto at 352-527-3703 or email:

Please click the links below for release forms and applications. For further information please contact the School Resource Officer at your child’s high school.

726-2241 Ext. 235 - SRO, Citrus High School
795-4641 Ext. 242 - SRO, Crystal River High School
746-2334 Ext. 247 - SRO, Lecanto High School

Parental Permission Form And Release Of All Claims
Student Driver Application
Vehicle Owner's Statement Of Permission And Release Of All Claims
Seatbelt Convincer Waiver