According to statistics cited by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, there has been an increase in teenagers dying from personal injuries suffered in traffic accidents in 2009.
Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said that since January, there have been 49 teenage driving deaths investigated by the Highway Patrol, an increase of 22 percent from 2008.
According to Clendenin, the increase follows a period of decline in teen driving deaths in the state.
The NCHP said a majority of the fatal crashes are caused by excessive speeding. They say other problems include distractions, such as cell phones.