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 21 and ended on Friday, April 25 was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.
Sampson County’s Troop B participated although schools in the area were closed for the Easter break. During the week-long campaign, which focused on school zone areas of the county and was conducted from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., 19 traffic citations were issued.
According to local Highway Patrol statistics there were six seatbelt, eight speeding; two driving while license revoked; and three other traffic citations issued during the period.
During Operation Drive to Live, troopers across North Carolina 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 91 traffic safety education programs to students across the state.
Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. In 2013, the Highway Patrol investigated over 47,013 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 86 resulted in one or more fatalities.
Below is a snapshot of the week-long campaign effort, from a state-wide view:
• High Schools Patrolled: 352
• Traffic Safety Education Programs Given: 91
• Seatbelt Violations: 1,387
• Speeding Violations: 4,537
v Graduated Driver’s License Violations: 26
• Other Traffic Violations: 3,627
• Written Warnings: 1,826
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.