Driving around the South this coming week?
Watch your speed.
Law enforcement in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama will kick into Operation Southern Shield from July 17-23, making a concerted effort to enforce speed limits in the five-state area.
Harris Blackwood, director of Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, told WSAV-TV the effort isn’t specifically to write speeding citations, but it is to “get everybody to slow down a little bit” though he also warned speeders, “we will write you a ticket.”
Blackwood said in the Gainesville Times, “Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by 10 miles an hour or more increase their chances of being in a crash because the faster speeds reduce their reaction times and ability to stop suddenly.”