Crackdown on teen drivers nets thousands of citations

State Highway Patrol troopers issued thousands of speeding and other traffic citations during a weeklong campaign to promote safe driving among N.C. teenagers.

During Operation Drive to Live April 20-24, troopers patrolled areas around 566 high schools and gave 124 traffic safety education programs.

Troopers issued 4,297 citations for speeding violations, 2,305 citations for seat belt violations and 3,932 citations of other traffic violations, the State Highway Patrol announced Tuesday.

Troopers also issued 1,778 written warnings.

Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, the State Highway Patrol said.

In 2014, the Highway Patrol investigated at least 48,700 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19.

Of those collisions, 9,153 injuries were reported and 113 resulted in one or more fatalities.

“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,” the Highway Patrol said.

Marusak: 704-358-5067;

Twitter: @jmarusak