May 16, 2021

Nearly 8K citations issued during ‘Operation Southern Shield’

(Atlanta, GA) — During the third annual “Operation Southern Shield” speed enforcement campaign, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) and Capitol Police joined forces with local law enforcement and agencies in surrounding states to target drivers who speed excessively on the roadways.

Troopers and officers issued over 3,250 citations for speeding during the 7-day period, July 15-21.

Overall, troopers and officers with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued 7,595 citations, including 689 seat belts, 103 child restraints, 3,258 speeding, 35 reckless driving, 60 uninsured motorists, 326 DUIs, 170 suspended licenses, 562 distracted driving, and 2,874 other citations.

Operation Southern Shield is a speed enforcement campaign that takes place in five southeastern states, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

These states join forces on interstates and other major highways to target drivers who endanger the safety of others on the road by driving speeds that are well above the legally posted limit.

For more information about Operation Southern Shield, visit the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s website,

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