Weeklong five state speeding crackdown starts today

Law enforcement agencies in five southern states will be taking part in a major crackdown on drivers who are speeding or performing other unsafe driving behaviors.

From July 20 — 26, state and local law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida will be conducting an enforcement blitz called “Operation Southern Shield.”

In addition to cracking down on drivers who are exceeding the speed limit, police will also be on the lookout for distracted driving, impaired driving, and drivers not wearing their seat belts. Police will be patrolling both interstates and back roads.

“The objective this week is not to write tickets but to show everyone that driving the speed limit and with your focus on the road saves lives,” said Allen Poole, director of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “That is why Southern Shield has saved lives in its first three years. So many drivers were following the law because they knew state troopers and local law enforcement officers were on patrol. That is why traffic enforcement remains the most effective method to prevent people from being killed in traffic crashes.”

2020 is the fourth annual Operation Southern Shield effort.