Crime & Courts

Operation ‘Drive to Live’ targets teen drivers

With the beginning of prom season, the State Highway Patrol will conduct its week-long Operation “Drive to Live” starting Monday.

The operation aims to reduce the number of teenage-related traffic collisions and deaths.

In 2014, the Highway Patrol investigated 48,711 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19. Of those collisions, 9,153 injuries and 113 fatalities were reported.

Troopers will enforce traffic laws around schools from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Until the school year ends, troopers also will conduct traffic safety education programs at high schools.

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