Highway Patrol safety campaign cracks down on teen driving safety

Thousands of teenagers are facing citations as a result of the Highway Patrol's latest safety campaign.

State troopers focused on reducing the number car accidents involving teen drivers during their week-long Operation Drive to Live campaign.

During the initiative, troopers patrolled 540 school zones across the state.

Nearly 4,000 drivers were pulled over for speeding, more than 1,200 for license violations and 1,000 more for seatbelt violations.

Thirty-four drivers were pulled over for DWI under the age of 21.

Troopers say they will continue enforcing teen driving safety throughout the year.

With spring break and prom season right around the corner, state troopers are enforcing teen driving safety.

The Highway Patrol is launching their Operation Drive to Live campaign, which focuses on reducing the number of car accidents involving teen drivers.

Starting Monday, April 8, troopers will step up their enforcement near school zones between 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

Troopers say they will focus largely on distracted driving, warning teens to put down their cell phones and avoid other distractions while behind the wheel.

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated more than 55,000 crashes involving drivers and passengers between the ages of 15-19.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says young drivers are most likely to get into accidents due to immaturity and inexperience behind the wheel.

The campaign will last until Friday, April 12.