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Operation Drive to Live Pushes Parents to Talk with Teenage Drivers about Safety

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teen drivers in North Carolina, and teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as other drivers, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

SteeringWheel_07182014The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every year, the number of fatal crashes involving teenagers rises in April, May, and June, corresponding with prom and graduation season.

In an effort to combat that trend and to promote safe driving education, the N.C. Highway Patrol recently conducted its annual "Operation Drive to Live" campaign, which combined an increased presence and enforcement of traffic laws around school zones, as well as traffic-safety education programs in high schools.

As part of the program, which ran from April 9-13, troopers looked to step up enforcement of violations such as speeding, following too closely, reckless driving, and distracted driving.

Safe Driving Agreements

Operation Drive to Live strives to highlight the dangers that teen drivers face on the road to encourage parents to take steps to teach safe driving practices and to encourage responsibility behind the wheel.

The N.C. Highway Patrol estimates that a teenager is involved in a crash every 23.6 minutes and says that their crash rates increase dramatically when they are no longer driving while supervised.

The N.C. Highway Patrol encourages parents to adopt a driving agreement with their teens. A driving agreement is a formal agreement that outlines specific actions and behaviors that are expected of both teens and parents.

A driving agreement could include agreements by the teen driver to never drive a vehicle after drinking or taking drugs and never to be a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who is intoxicated. The agreement could also include promises to always wear a seat belt, to obey the speed limit, to avoid distractions such as texting or playing with the radio while driving, and to avoid aggressive or reckless driving.

Parents are advised to review the agreement every 60 days and revise it as necessary.

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