Columbus police join state law enforcement to crack down on speeders

Columbus police join state law enforcement to crack down on speeders

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When you hit the road Monday, you need to be aware that law enforcement is cracking down on drivers using their heavy foot.

Georgia hopped on the bandwagon last year with its neighboring states in what is called Operation Southern Shield.

This sting operation is happening all across Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.

According to the latest numbers from the National Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed more than 10,000 people across the U.S. in 2016. It was also a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation.

State troopers across the five southern states will not be handing out warnings if you are caught speeding.

"If you want a warning, here it is. You've just been warned. We need people to slow down. We saw what slowing down will do," says Harris Blackwood with the Georgia Department of Transportation. "It dropped the number of fatalities during that time period last year."

Many local drivers hope this operation will get people to slow down.

One lady says she has permanent spinal damage and other medical complications after a speeding truck hit her.

"It's dangerous speeding so I am praying that people just consider other people's lives and just take their time driving, don't be in a hurry. Leave a little bit early before you go to work. Just be patient and pray and think about your neighbor and the community," said driver Belinda James.

Georgia hopped on the bandwagon last year with its neighboring states where troopers and local police handed out over 12,000 speeding citations over a seven-day period and took over 500 DUI drivers to jail

"It is pretty rough out there. They do be speeding a little bit too much out there on JR Allen and Veterans Parkway and I think it is good that they crackdown in that area too," said driver Shawvin Berry.

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