Tennessee among states cracking down on traffic violations this week

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 18, 2017

Speeding-related fatal crashes have almost doubled from 2012 to 2015 in Georgia.

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

From July 17 to July 23, law enforcement serving the Southeastern states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee are mobilizing to increase enforcement of speed violations, as well as driving under the influence, distracted driving, and failure to buckle up - with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the seven-day period (and beyond).

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

"When you cash a check for $50 at the bank, they don't give you $60", Blackwood stated in a news release.

Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Col. Mark McDonough said the statistics show why Operation Southern Shield is a "worthwhile endeavor". The number of traffic deaths in Georgia has increased in the last two years after declining for eight consecutive years.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports speed was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in 2015 that killed 9,553 people on the country's highways and rural roads.

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