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NCHP ends "Operation Drive to Live" on a high note

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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

The State Highway Patrol concluded "Operation Drive to Live" after a week-long education and enforcement campaign.

The campaign, which began on Monday, April 15 and ended on Friday, April 19, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.

During the operation, 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 100 traffic safety education programs to students across the state.

Officials say that mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010.

An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.

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

  • High Schools Patrolled:  664
  • Traffic Safety Education Programs Given:  112
  • Seatbelt Violations:  1,499
  • Speeding Violations:  3,571
  • Graduated Driver's License Violations:  11          
  • Other Traffic Violations:  4,933
  • Written Warnings:  1,841

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

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