In georgia, the number of speeding related fatalities nearly doubled from 2012-2015.
If you think you can get away with going above the speed limit, think again.
FHP joins a week-long initiative across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee to reduce serious bodily injury and fatal crashes on Florida's roadways.
Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in 4 states
Harris Blackwood, director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said exceeding the speed limit by at least 10 miles per hour or more increases the risk of being in a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 percent of all fatal roadways collisions in SC in 2015 were speed-related. The number of traffic deaths in Georgia has increased in the last two years after declining for eight consecutive years.
Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Col. Mark McDonough said the statistics show why Operation Southern Shield is a "worthwhile endeavor". Bob Beres said drivers can expect to see additional troopers on both interstate highways and back roads through Sunday. "But those who keep their foot on the accelerator run the risk of getting a ticket".
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