Starting Monday morning, February 23, 2009 the North Carolina Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for dangerous teenage drivers as part of a plan to curb teen driving wrongful death car accidents.
Troopers will focus on highways near schools around the state as part of Operation Drive to Live 2009. In addition to being on the roads, troopers will also visit schools and conduct traffic safety education programs designed to teach teen drivers about car accident prevention.
Our firm’s car accidents lawyers hope that the steps being taken will prevent future teenage car accidents in the area.
Troopers will be in the high schools conducting educational programs, along with working the school zones and the areas surrounding schools while students are traveling to and from schools.
Troopers say car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in North Carolina, with the Highway Patrol investigating 554 fatal car accidents involving teen drivers in the state over the last four years. Although law enforcement officials say it’s an issue all across North Carolina, Johnston County leads the state in teenage automobile deaths.
Officials say one of four 16-year-old drivers will be involved in a car accident on North Carolina roads, with about half of the accidents being serious enough to hurt or kill someone. The Highway Patrol says speeding remains the leading cause of wrongful death car accidents for young motorists.
Officials are also encouraging teens to speak up when their friends are driving dangerously. That’s something Clayton High sophomore Alex Nelson said he has committed to doing, despite the difficulty. Our car accident attorneys especially want people to be vocal about the numerous ways of preventing drunk-driving, because that combination with anyone, let alone a teen driver, is lethal.
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