The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 7.6 million people die from cancer each year. In Bay County, the sheriff's office is looking to combat those statistics by raising money for cancer research in a unique way.
On Saturday, April 13th, you will have the chance, to get behind the wheel of the Sheriff's skid car this to see how to react during dangerous driving conditions.
"These are the same courses that law enforcement officers go through," Deputy Timothy Bowen said.
Fitted with specially designed skid tires, this course helps drivers to learn how to regain control if they were to ever lose it.
This is ‘win-win' event will not only teach safer practices, it will help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
"There are not many families that can say they've never been touched by this disease," Public Information Officer Ruth Corley said.
The Sheriff's Office, which is participating in this year's Relay For Life in Panama City, says they are dedicated to this cause, and by organizing this event, they'll be able to help the American Cancer Society achieve its goal.
The event will be held at the North Bay Learning Center at Highway 77 and Steam Plant Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The cost is $10 and all you need is a learner's permit or driver's license. In June, the Sheriff's Office will also be kicking off its ‘Teen Driver Challenge' which is similar in scope and aims to promote safe driving.