By Jeff Rivenbark - email
RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol visited hundreds of high schools and issued more than 8,700 charges for various violations during "Operation Drive to Live."
The campaign was conducted the week of February 23-27 with the aim of reducing the number of teenage-related traffic collisions in North Carolina.
The highway patrol conducted 720 high school visits and issued 8,750 charges for various violations including the following:
- 3,119 - Speeding violations
- 43 - Violations of the graduated drives license law
- 13 - Passing stopped school bus
- 31 - DWIs while less than 21 years of age
- 124 - DWIs
- 1,623 - Seatbelt violations
- 35 - Drug violations
Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina and the US. In the last four years, 554 teenagers were killed in crashes investigated by the highway patrol.