Operation Southern Shield aims to prevent traffic deaths

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 18, 2017

If you're on the interstates this week, you might want to watch your speed.

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

Operation Southern Shield started on Monday in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and SC.

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.

Operation Southern Shield aims to prevent traffic deaths

Last year, 1,561 people died in Georgia traffic crashes, which was the second consecutive year traffic deaths increased after a nine-year decline.

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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 percent of all fatal roadways collisions in SC in 2015 were speed-related.

"Our objective over the next week is to make the public aware and to encourage them to slow down and drive safely", McDonough stated in the news release. "But those who keep their foot on the accelerator run the risk of getting a ticket".

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