Operation Southern Shield: Multi-state law enforcement agencies participating in speed awareness campaign

(WKRG) – From July 19-24, national and local law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee will join forces for a campaign to raise awareness and week-long high visibility law enforcement to reduce fatalities and serious injuries. by forcing motorists to obey speed limits on roads from local highways to highways.

The initiative is called “Operation Southern Shield”.

“Across the country there is a dangerous trend in fatalities and crashes caused by excessive speed, and while it may seem harmless, the choice of speed is deadly,” said Kevin J. Thibault, secretary of the Department. Florida Transportation Agency (FDOT).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2019 speeding killed more than 9,000 people nationwide, with nearly 47% of speeding drivers in fatal accidents not wearing their seat belts. of security. According to the NHTSA, one of the main reasons speed-related crashes have such a bad effect is that the increased speed and force of impact work against the usefulness of safety equipment, such as than seat belts and airbags.

Preliminary 2020 data from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) shows the number of road fatalities increased 4.67% between 2019 and 2020, despite a 15.31% decrease in the total number of accidents statewide. In 2020, speed was a contributing factor in about 12% of traffic crash deaths statewide, resulting in nearly 400 fatalities.

“The speed endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all road users around them, including law enforcement and other public safety officers,” said Col. Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

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