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Highway Patrol hosts safe driving program

Posted April 11, 2011 4:00 a.m. EDT
Updated April 11, 2011 12:33 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Highway Patrol is holding "Drive to Live" programs all this week to encourage teen driver safety during prom season.

State officials held a news conference Monday at Millbrook High School in Raleigh to kick off the initiative.

"I ask you to take the time to sit down with your teen to explain the dangers of risk-taking behavior," Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young told attendees.

Highway Patrol Col. Michael Gilchrist said the program is designed to teach teens about the dangers of irresponsible driving and reduce the number of deaths.

The Highway Patrol has investigated traffic accidents that caused the deaths of 276 teens in the past four years.

On Sunday, a 16-year-old Leesville Road High School student lost control of the minivan he was driving, crashed into trees and died. Raleigh police said Saleh Jamal Abdullah was speeding and wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Troopers will be conducting traffic safety education programs at high schools around the state and will be around schools to enforce all traffic laws.