TN, GA and AL law enforcement work to put the brakes on speeders
Law enforcement agencies across the southeast are gearing up to put the brakes on high-speed drivers. The second annual "Operation Southern Shield" is set to kick off Monday in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.
"The first Southern Shield operation earned national attention as state and local law enforcement officers were stopping drivers who were traveling well over the posted speed limit on interstates, state highways and local roads," a Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety spokesperson explained.
The goal of the operation, which lasts through Sunday, July 22, is to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries by cracking down on speeding drivers.
During the 2017 operation, Georgia law enforcement officials wrote close to 12,500 citations. They also saw the number of traffic deaths drop by 35 percent compared to the week before and the week after the program.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding killed more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2016 and was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation.
"If you are pulled over next week, don't ask for a warning because this is it," Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said. "Many of the citations issued last year were for speeds that were well over the legal posted limit. The speed limit on every road in this state is set to protect everyone who is traveling on them.
In Tennessee, more than 9,100 citations were issued during the 2017 operation. 5,500 of those were for speeding.