Teen fatal accidents drop by 40 percent

July 26, 2010 11:12:51 AM PDT
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Monday that teen driving deaths across the state have dropped by 40 percent over the past year.

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.

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