Troopers cracking down on speeding this week in Operation Southern Shield

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Law enforcement agencies across 5 states are beginning Operation Southern Shield today.

The week long campaign is cracking down on drivers who speed in an effort to decrease the number of road fatalities.

July is typically the deadliest month of the year for drivers and high speed is a factor in a majority of fatal auto accidents.

Agencies in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida will be watching for drivers breaking the speed limit along with violating other traffic laws.

Col. Derek Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says “There’s no way we can enforce our way out of this issue, we have to educate the public as much as possible, because we need them as a stakeholder in this. We do not want to write citations. Our troopers do not want to write citations. We will in the end, but were looking for voluntary compliance. We’re looking for people to govern themselves, so that troopers and our local law enforcement don’t have to govern them.”

The campaign runs through the twenty second, but officers hope it serves as a reminder to drivers to slow down year round.

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