Georgia, Tennessee, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launch "Operation Southern Shield" in the Southeast
GEORGIA - A news article posted on therogersvillereview.com reports that the Georgia Highway Patrol, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Erlanger Health Systems, and other organizations are working to promote the "Operation Southern Shield" campaign. The campaign is designed to increase traffic safety awareness and use law enforcement to stop speeding throughout the Southeast.
According to the NHTSA Regional Administrator, Carmen Hayes, speeding puts everyone's life in danger. Hayes stated that the lives of the motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists around the speeder are at risk.
THSO Director Buddy Lewis stated that accidents involving speeders are not an accident because these incidents are preventable. Lewis stated that all drivers have a responsibility to obey speed limits, use care, drive focused, and follow all traffic laws.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was a contributing factor in around 26 percent of all transportation fatalities nationwide in 2018. Moreover, for over twenty years, speeding has been implicated in around one-third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Data from Tennessee's Integrated Traffic Analysis Network states that there were over 1,130 total traffic accident deaths statewide in 2019. 180 of those deaths were linked with aggressive driving or speeding behaviors.
Robert A. Maxwell, MD, the Erlanger Health System Trauma Services Medical Director, reported that auto accidents are the second leading cause of injury for Erlanger Health System trauma patients. Dr. Maxwell stated that factors including not using seat belts, high rates of speed, and distracted driving have all contributed to severe injuries and deaths across all age groups.
The NHTSA also states that speeding leads to a higher chance of losing control of the motor vehicle, reduced effectiveness of auto safety equipment, and increased the severity of severe injuries.
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