By July 26, 2009, troopers had investigated 47 teen driving fatalities. This year, the number was 28.
"Despite this significant decrease, our job is far from over," said Col. Randy Glover, commander of the Highway Patrol. "We will continue to look at various ways in which we can build upon this recent reduction. Our goal is to prevent a single teen from losing their life on the highways."
Troopers have been cracking down on unsafe teen drivers. The Highway Patrol conducted Operation Drive to Live in May and June near high school across the state.
In addition to law enforcement, officers went into schools to conduct safety programs.