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.