October 30, 2020

‘Operation Southern Shield’ to target speeders next week

(Franklin, GA) — The National Highway Safety Administration is providing a heads up for fast drivers all over the Southeast.

The administration has partnered with the Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina Highway Safety Patrols to construct ‘Operation Southern Shield.’

Operation Southern Shield is an initiative that focuses on getting drivers to slow down when they are on the roads.  Speed is the main concern when it comes to safety in these states.

(Photo: Andrew Innerarity, AP)

In 2016, 767 people died in Georgia from car accidents. More than half (59%) of those people were not wearing seat belts.

Since January of 2017, 737 have already died meaning the state has already exceeded the amount of deaths in car accidents from last year less than seven months into the year.

“We’re not trying to write tickets we’re trying to get to get you to slow down. But guess what if you don’t slow down we will write you a ticket,” Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Harris Blackwood said.

The public can expect to see highway patrols and participating local agencies on major highways as well as back roads next week.

The Operation Southern Shield initiative will commence on Monday, July 17 and conclude on July 23.

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