NC Highway Patrol Announces Teen-Focused Safe Driving Campaign
As high school prom season begins across North Carolina, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Drive to Live all this week—a statewide initiative aimed at reducing the number of teenage-related traffic collisions and deaths.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), young drivers are significantly over represented in fatal crashes, particularly 16 and 17 year olds.
The Highway Patrol says that one area of particular concern is distracted driving—with 10% of all distracted driving crashes in North Carolina involving drivers under the age of 20.
In 2015, the NC Highway Patrol investigated over 58,812 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 and 19. Of those collisions, 10,501 injuries were reported and 107 resulted in one or more fatalities.
"Ensuring safe travel for motorist across North Carolina is our primary mission," said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. "The focus of this campaign will not end this week but continue as troopers attempt to reduce the number of collisions involving teenage drivers."
State troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state's schools and conducting traffic safety education programs at high schools prior to the school year ending. Although the campaign is scheduled to last one week, the enforcement efforts of the Highway Patrol will continue throughout the year.
For more information about Operation Drive to Live, please contact Sergeant Michael Baker at (919) 733-5027 or by email at Michael.D.Baker@ncdps.gov.