Raleigh, NC-- Young drivers' safety is the main concern for NC Highway Patrol especially now with the beginning of prom season.
North Carolina the Highway Patrol is kicking off its Operation "Drive to Live" this week. The hours of the operation are from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day.
Troopers said it is an initiative to reduce the number of teenage related traffic collisions and deaths.
According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers, ages 15- to 20-years old, are more vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways. Nationwide traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. One area that is particularly concerning is distracted driving. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured.
"Our goal is to educate teenage drivers on the dangers of driving irresponsibly," said Col. Gilchrist.
Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state's schools and conducting traffic safety education programs at the high schools prior to the school year ending.