The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign. The campaign, which began on Monday, April 21stand ended on Friday, April 25th, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.
During Operation Drive to Live, 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 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:
High Schools Patrolled: 352
Traffic Safety Education Programs Given: 91
Seatbelt Violations: 1,387
Speeding Violations: 4,537
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.