April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, distractions come in many forms, from cell phones ringing to passengers singing, and they can hamper drivers’ reactions to changing traffic conditions.
NCDOT is reminding everyone to stay alert on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, the only thing you should be doing is driving.
SHP Announces 2022 Operation Drive to Live
With many schools celebrating prom season, and in conjunction with national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the State Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Drive to Live. According to the State Highway Patrol, this annual campaign is aimed at reducing collisions involving teen drivers on our roadways.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over-represented in fatal crashes. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America and in North Carolina. Engaging in risky driving behaviors combined with inexperience are primary factors contributing to fatal crashes by young drivers, especially during the first six months of driving. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes than all other drivers. Two common errors accounting for nearly half of the crashes involving teen drivers are speeding and driving while distracted.
In 2021, the State Highway Patrol investigated over 32,915 motor vehicle collisions involving young drivers and passengers. Of those collisions, 8,498 injuries were reported and 124 resulted in one or more fatalities.