Drivers had better be on their best behavior when traveling on highways in the south July 17-23.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is teaming up with law enforcement offices in five southern states for a campaign to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities by ensuring motorists are obeying basic highway safety laws.
A press release says Operation Southern Shield is an effort by law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee to crack down on motorists who ignore the major factors in automobile crashes and deaths – speeding, impaired and distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
The campaign’s goal is to achieve a period of zero fatalities.
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ADECA administers grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that pays overtime for officers to conduct extra patrols during special campaigns like Operation Southern Shield at hotspots where traffic crashes often occur.