The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 2 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States every year. Alarmingly, over 10,000 people were killed in car accidents in the U.S in 2016, with speed being the cause in at least 27 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred. These shocking numbers lead to the creation of a new program intended to save lives.
Operation Southern Shield
In an effort to reduce fatalities, Operation Southern Shield was created in 2017 by state and local law enforcement officials from South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. The mission of the program was to lower highway fatalities and it was a huge success. Reports from 2017 indicated 35 percent fewer fatalities on state roads due to the 15k+ tickets issued to speeders, and law enforcement officials are looking forward to saving even more lives with the program in 2018.
Due to the success of Operation Southern Shield, the program was held again this year from July 16 through 22, where law enforcement officers from the five states concentrated their efforts on ticketing drivers for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and distracted driving, including those using cell phones, for the second year of Operation Southern Shield.
“There will be no warnings. Warning is drive right, drive the posted speed limit,” said Sergeant First Class 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.”
Officers in these five states work together for Operation Southern Shield in an effort to reduce highway deaths by collaborating with the state’s local law enforcement and highway patrol agencies to increase the force’s visibility and cover as much territory as possible for the week-long event. Their efforts have received recognition and they hope to continue Operation Southern Shield each year in the future.
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