The State Highway Patrol has concluded a week-long campaign held annually each year to combat fatal collisions involving teen drivers.
During the week of April 8 through April 12, troopers participated in Operation Drive to Live, placing emphasis on education and enforcement across the state.
Troopers were out in full force monitoring driver behavior in and around school zones while offering educational programs to local high schools.
The operation is conducted in proximity to spring break and prom season, in hopes teen drivers will gain an understanding of the dangers associated with driving.
In 2018, the Highway Patrol investigated over 55,261 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19.
Of those collisions, 10,287 injuries were reported and 94 resulted in one or more fatalities.
This year, SHP performed 179 traffic safety presentations and patrolled 540 school zones throughout the week.
The following statistics also reflect the efforts of SHP during the campaign:
- Speeding: 3,973
- License Violations: 1,248
- Seatbelt Violations: 1,180
- Child Seat Violations: 127
- DWI Under 21: 34
- Warnings: 1,535
While the operation has concluded, the efforts of reducing teenage driver collisions will continue throughout the year.
The following are the numbers from Troop A for the 20 counties in Eastern North Carolina including Pitt, Beaufort, Carteret, and other counties.
- Seat belt violations: 203
- Speeding tickets: 399
- DWI: 18
- Child safety seat charges: 24
Throughout the counties, troopers patrolled 112 school zones during the campaign.