MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama state officials and law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drivers who disobey basic highway traffic laws in the month of July, according to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA.
In a statement released Thursday, ADECA announced the launch of Operation Southern Shield, a multi-state law enforcement campaign in the Southeast that will work to reduce the number of car crashes during the busy summer travel season.
Speeding was a factor in 28 percent of fatal crashes in 2015. In that same year, 43 percent of those speeding-related deaths also involved drinking, while 63 percent of those killed were also not wearing a seat belt.
The campaign's goal is to have zero reported fatalities during a specific period later this month.
From July 17-23 law enforcement in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee will be keeping a close eye out for the leading factors of car accident fatalities: speeding, not wearing a seat belt and impaired or distracted driving.
"Summer is a time when families come together for fun, not funerals, and Gov. [Kay] Ivey's goal is to increase safety on Alabama's highways," ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. "Gov. Ivey and ADECA wholeheartedly endorse this effort and urge drivers to at all times to slow down, wear your seat belts and pay attention to the road."
Law enforcement will be cracking down on unsafe driving in areas known for traffic injuries or fatalities. Also, law enforcement officers will be eligible for overtime pay as an incentive to work longer and patrol some of the hotspots where those accidents occur.