Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in 4 states

Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in 4 states

Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in 4 states

Operation Southern Shield is a week-long initiative that will focus on citing speeding drivers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Tennessee is one of four states participating in a week-long program aimed at reducing traffic-related deaths.

"The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to making our highways safer, and we plan to do that by bolstering our forces to reduce the number and severity of crashes", said Col. Gene Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the number of speeding-related traffic fatalities has nearly doubled in Georgia from 2012-15.

The ultimate goal is reduce the number of traffic deaths through speed limit enforcement.

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Blackwood said publicizing the operation will give drivers the chance to comply with posted speed limits.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports speed was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in 2015 that killed 9,553 people on the country's highways and rural roads. That was the second year in a row that traffic crash-related deaths increased, and those increases came after nine years of declines in the fatality figures.

Operation Southern Shield is being held in July between other major highway safety campaigns to coincide with the larger-than-normal numbers of drivers on roads because of summer travel, Alabama officials said.

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