Georgia State Patrol Issues 6,000 Tickets During Operation Southern Shield
GEORGIA – July 25, 2018 (41bnc.com) As part of their speed-enforcement program called Operation Southern Shield, Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol issued 6,000 tickets during the month of July. The details are online at 41nbc.com.*
From July 16 through July 22, officers in Georgia cracked down on speeding along interstates, highways, and local roads. The week-long effort was part of the state’s second-annual Operation Southern Shield, a speed-enforcement program that debuted last year to national attention. During Operation Southern Shield, officers in five states — Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina — spend the week focused on pulling over and citing drivers who break speed limits.
During last year’s event, Georgia State Patrol Troopers and local law enforcement officers in Georgia issued 12,469 speeding citations, took 552 suspected DUI drivers to jail, and arrested 472 people for felony offenses. In total, the week resulted in a 35 percent reduction in traffic deaths, compared to the rest of July.
In calculating the success of this year’s round of Operation Southern Shield, the Georgia State Patrol reports that its Troopers alone issued 6,000 citations to drivers during the program. Approximately one-third of those citations were related to speeding.
“We realize that speed is a contributing factor — one of the main ones in traffic fatalities and traffic wrecks,” said Trooper Jason Stone, of Georgia State Patrol Post 44. “By slowing people down, they have more time to respond and make evasive maneuvers, the slower the speed they go.”
Officers in Georgia are crediting Operation Southern Shield with a drop in fatalities statewide during the summer months, which are ordinarily the most deadly on the roads.
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