Expect no exceptions if you’re caught even inching above the speed limit this week. Operation Southern Shield kicks off its second year Monday.
State and local law enforcement across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina reported 35 percent fewer highway fatalities thanks to around 15,000 stops against speeders last year, and they’re gunning to beat their best for 2018.
“There will be no warnings. Warning is drive right, drive the posted speed limit,” says SFC. Maurice Raines, the Post Commander for LaGrange Georgia State Patrol. “We’re taking this initiative very seriously, we’re not tolerating it. I would rather people arrive late than not arrive at all, because we do know and statistics have shown that speed kills.”
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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.
SFC. Raines says all five states will join hands to reduce highway tragedies by collaborating with each state’s highway patrol agencies and local law enforcement to increase visibility and cover as much ground as they can from Monday, July 16 until Sunday, July 22.