This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is observing National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S., and an estimated 195,000 young drivers were injured in crashes in 2015. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to talk about to their teen drivers about safety behind the wheel. In addition to discussing important topics like distracted driving and underage drinking, parents are also reminded to talk about seat belt use, speeding and the dangers of extra passengers.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) has recently issued a press release about the Highway Patrol's upcoming operation "Drive to Live 2015." This safety initiative is aimed at raising awareness for teen-driver safety and reducing teen-driver related injury-causing collisions and deaths. The operation is being kicked off on April 20 and will be running from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., every day for a week. During the Drive to Live 2015 operation, troopers will be increasing traffic safety law enforcement around the state's schools. Additionally, they will be conducting traffic safety education programs at various high schools before school lets out for the year.