State Highway Patrol Conducting 2019 Operation Drive To Live

RALEIGH, N.C. — As prom season and spring breaks approach for teens , the State Highway Patrol says it is once again conducting Operation Drive to Live, in an effort to reduce collisions involving teen drivers.

From Monday, April 8th through Friday, April 12th, state troopers will increase enforcement in and around school zones, daily, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Highway Patrol investigated over 55,261 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 and 19, in 2018 .

Over 10,000 injuries were reported with fatalities in those collisions.  The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says young drivers, particularly those who are 16 to 19-years-old, are significantly over-represented in deadly crashes, primarily due to immaturity and inexperience.

Distracted driving, one of the leading causes of teen-related crashes, is the focus for the State Highway Patrol this year.  Cell phones, passengers and other electronic devices are some of the distractions that lead to unnecessary collisions involving injury or death.

The State Highway Patrol has partnered with the Johnston County Teen Drivers Club, to produce Public Service Announcements regarding the dangers associated with distracted driving.