Georgia law enforcement participating in 'Southern Shield' speeding crackdown

Georgia law enforcement participating in 'Southern Shield' speeding crackdown

Georgia law enforcement participating in 'Southern Shield' speeding crackdown

Starting today, law enforcement from all over the state is will be cracking down on speeders.

Operation Southern Shield is a week-long initiative that will focus on citing speeding drivers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. "We want everyone to have a safe traveling experience, and I encourage motorists to do their part by complying with all traffic laws, including making sure everyone in their vehicle is buckled up and drivers are not driving distracted or impaired".

We're learning about the new operation to get drivers to slow down, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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Harris Blackwood, director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said exceeding the speed limit by at least 10 miles per hour or more increases the risk of being in a crash.

Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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There were 268 speeding-related traffic deaths in the state in 2015, which was a 25 percent increase from 2014. "Our goal: help people arrive alive by reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities".

"Operation Southern Shield is a very worthwhile endeavor because speeding is a major contributing factor to fatal crashes in the state of Georgia", Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Col. Mark McDonough, said.

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