The states of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina are joining forces to crack down on reducing speeds on highways for yet another year.

The initiative known as Operation Southern Shield begins today and will go on for the next week, with more police on the roads enforcing traffic laws.

The sharp decrease in the number of people traveling on our roads during the pandemic has not led to a corresponding drop in the number of traffic deaths

Allen Poole, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 11 Alive

According to Poole, writing tickets is not the goal of this week, but rather informing drivers about how reducing speeds may help save lives by cutting down on traffic-related deaths.

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Operation Southern Shield has been coming back for the past few years. Poole says that traffic law enforcement is the most effective way to keep people from being killed in crashes.

The operation will take place from July 20 through July 26.

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