Highway Patrol Concludes “Operation Drive to Live” 2016

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign.  The campaign, which began on Monday, April 18th and ended on Friday, April 22nd, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.

During Operation Drive to Live, Troopers enforced all traffic laws around the state’s high schools and conducted traffic safety education programs. Troopers were actively looking for violations such as speeding, following too closely, careless and reckless driving and any violation of the motor vehicle laws that can result in serious injury or death. In addition, troopers presented over 125 traffic safety education programs to students across the state.

In 2015, the Highway Patrol investigated over 58,812 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,501 injuries were reported and 107 resulted in one or more fatalities.

Below is a snapshot of the week-long campaign effort:

High Schools Patrolled:                                   517

Traffic Safety Education Programs Given:        125

Seatbelt Violations:                                          1,378

Speeding Violations:                                        4,189

Graduated Driver’s License Violations:             20

Other Traffic Violations:                                  4,369

Written Warnings:                                           1,470

Although the campaign has ended, troopers across the state will continue to educate and closely monitor teenage drivers with one goal in mind; to save lives.