For the following two weeks, North Carolina’s Highway Patrol will conduct an operation aimed at educating teenagers about the dangers involved in driving. State troopers will be showing up in force to enforce traffic laws around schools, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; in addition, they will be conducting educational programs at high schools throughout the state. Dubbed “Operation Drive to Live 2010,” the program hopes to curtail the number of teenagers injured and killed in traffic accidents.
According to the North Carolina News Network, traffic accidents are the primary cause of deaths of teenagers in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety suggests that parents should draw up a Driving Agreement with their teenagers, in the hope that, by signing, the teen drivers will become more conscious of the risks and responsibilities they are undertaking by driving. A sample Driving Agreement can be downloaded here. However, parents may want to customize their “contract” to ensure that it matches the specific circumstances of their own family.
Currently, South Carolina is considering a bill that would prevent teenagers from getting a drivers’ license or would revoke the drivers’ licenses of teens (up through the age of 18) if the teens drop out of school, get expelled, or amass more than 7 unexcused absences in one school year. That bill would also underscore the fact that driving is a privilege and that teenagers must prove their reliability before they are allowed to undertake an activity that could lead to serious injuries to themselves and others.
The attorneys at Lee & Smith have represented people injured in North Carolina and South Carolina car accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, we would be happy to provide a free consultation regarding your case. Please contact us by phone or email.