In Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida began the "Operation Southern Shield," an annual safety enforcement campaign that is directed at speed awareness.
From July 20 to 26, law enforcement agencies are teaming up with officers to stop speeders on the highway.
The operation's primary goal is to prevent accidents and save lives by stopping drivers. The main violations that threaten public security on public roads are speeding, distraction, intoxication, and other traffic violations.
In 2020 the operation conducts for the fourth time. The four States come together to accelerate mid-summer speed to reduce speed and save lives in the region.
"The sharp reduction in the number of people moving on our roads during the pandemic has not led to a corresponding reduction in road deaths, according to preliminary data from the Georgia Department of Transportation," said Allen Poole, director of the Governor's Office for Road Safety.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the reduced number of vehicles during the pandemic has contributed to increased speed both in Georgia and throughout the country.
According to GDOT data, the Operation South Shield has saved lives in Georgia over the past three years. In 2019, the deaths from road accidents in Georgia was 29% lower in the last two weeks of July compared to the first two weeks. From 1 to July 14, 70 people were killed in road accidents and 50 from 15 to July 29.