- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is starting a new campaign with the goal of reducing the number of traffic deaths and collisions involving teenagers.

The patrol will conduct “Operation: Drive to Live” during the week of April 20 to coincide with the beginning of prom season. The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around schools and will conduct traffic safety education programs at high schools before the end of the school year.

The patrol last year investigated almost 49,000 wrecks involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. Those collisions involved 113 deaths and almost 9,200 injuries.

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