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State Highway Patrol to monitor teenage driving

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RALEIGH — The state Highway Patrol is launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of teenage related traffic accidents in North Carolina.

Operation Drive to Live 2009 will be conducted from 6 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Friday. Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state’s schools and conducting traffic
safety education programs at high schools.

Officials will kick off the campaign on Monday at Clayton High School.

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina as well as nationwide. In the last four years, 554 teenagers have been killed in crashes investigated by the state Highway Patrol.

Authorities say some collisions involving teenage drivers occur during their commute to and from high school. In 2004, North Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in total teenage deaths.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The state Highway Patrol is launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of teenage related traffic accidents in North Carolina.

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