Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in 4 states

Speeding crackdown underway in five states

Speeding crackdown underway in five states

If you're on the interstates this week, you might want to watch your speed.

Georgia, along with Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are conducting a week-long speeding prevention and enforcement initiative.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the number of speeding-related traffic fatalities has nearly doubled in Georgia from 2012-15.

State troopers will be pulling people over who driving more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.

The first-year program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Operation Southern Shield focuses on a heavy summer travel period when the rate of fatal and injury crashes within the Southeastern U.S.is higher than any other time of the year.

Last year, 1,561 people died in Georgia traffic crashes, which was the second consecutive year traffic deaths increased after a nine-year decline.

"Our objective over the next week is to make the public aware and to encourage them to slow down and drive safely", McDonough stated in the news release.

Blackwood said publicizing the operation will give drivers the chance to comply with posted speed limits.

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