April 12, 2012
In an effort to keep teen drivers safe on the highways as prom season and graduation approach, law enforcement in North Carolina is beginning a new operation called “Drive to Live.” A WRAL News report stated that North Carolina State Troopers, as well as officers and deputies with other local law enforcement agencies, will be enforcing traffic laws around schools from 6:00 a.m. to 5 :00 p.m. on weekdays, and also will be hosting educational seminars, such as panel discussions, at local high schools.
The father of a Johnston County teen, who died in a car wreck on his way to school, says he wishes the program would have been in place when his son was still alive. He added he “would have given a million dollars for a state trooper to be behind my son to give him a ticket that day.”
The boy wasn’t wearing a seatbelt while speeding on his way to school. He lost control of his truck and veered off the road into a ditch. The impact with the ditch caused the truck to flip before hitting a tree. The teen died at the scene of the accident.
The North Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys with HensonFuerst Injury Lawyers encourage teens to be safe when driving by always buckling up, obeying the speed limit, and driving defensively. In addition, all drivers should put away their cell phones before starting the car.