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Teen driver deaths drop 40 percent in N.C.

Posted July 26, 2010

— The state Highway Patrol reported Monday that deaths of teenage drivers have dropped 40 percent over the past year.

By July 26, 2009, the Highway Patrol had investigated the deaths of 47 teen drivers statewide. So far this year, the patrol has investigated the deaths of 28 teen drivers.

“Despite this significant decrease, our job is far from over,” Col. Randy Glover, commander of the Highway Patrol, said in a statement. “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 (his or her) life on the highways.”

The patrol worked with high schools during the spring to present Operation Drive to Live to educate student drivers about traffic safety. Officials said troopers would continue to monitor teen drivers as school starts in the coming weeks, to educate them about the dangers of irresponsible driving.


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  • mdriskell Jul 28, 2010

    We certainly credit the hard work of the Highway Patrol in helping to educate young drivers to make better driving decisions. Recent positive changes include efforts of high school driver education programs. I work for the company that is contracted to provide driver education in both the Charlotte area and in Wake County. Jordan Driving School produced a parent/teen driving manual that has been very beneficial in getting parents more involved in their teens driving eexperience. Statitics show that the more parents are involved in the process, the more hours they spend letting their teen drive, the safer the teen is once they get their license. Maybe that message is beginning to hit home through our efforts, as well as the efforts of the Highway Patrol. I also commend the parents. We have had consistently 75% turn out at the meetings we hold for parents on the last day of class. The more we can encourage parents to be involved, the more time they spend driving with their teens,

  • leo-nc Jul 27, 2010

    They don't want to give HP any credit. The ones who hate are the ones who will refuse to accept anything positive about the SHP. No matter what.

  • beachboater Jul 26, 2010

    The HP started a new program, with apparently no significant cost. Teen traffic deaths are down from last year. What else can you really credit that decrease to?

    Give the HP a little credit. As to miles driven and the cost of gas, I don't buy that arguement. Seems everybody here just doesn't want to give the HP credit for anything good.

  • oldrebel Jul 26, 2010

    How did the previous years compare with 2009 I wonder. Were they successively growing in numbers or was 2009 an anomaly?

  • ccs1920 Jul 26, 2010

    This is great news but the headline is misleading. What about the thousands of wrecks investigated by local police each year. Teen deaths also occur inside city limits.

  • missy01 Jul 26, 2010

    raise the age to 18 for a drivers license and the numbers will go down even more.

  • Caveman93 Jul 26, 2010

    I am guessing less money for teens to drive around with lately eh?

  • djofraleigh Jul 26, 2010

    Maybe we should hire political appointee outsiders to take over the Highway Patrol?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 26, 2010

    They could make this an 80% drop in the death rate if all kid-drivers just buckled up & turned off their cell phones while driving.

  • Just the facts mam Jul 26, 2010

    I wonder if the economy is just making it harder on everyone - including teenagers. Teenagers drive less as do not have the money for gas or to buy a car, parents not buying teenagers cars as cannot afford to do this, etc. So less teenagers being killed could be a good thing to come out of a bad economy - it could be they are driving less. Just a guess...