ADECA joins forces with law enforcement agencies to reduce traffic crashes

Updated: Jul. 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will be teaming up with Alabama law enforcement offices to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities. They're calling this effort Operation Southern Shield.

"Operation Southern Shield is going to run July 17-23. It's going to be a five state, high-visibility, enforcement effort and we're targeting speeders in Alabama, because speeding is the number one cause of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes in our state," said Bill Whatley, the Public Safety Unit Chief for the Alabama Office of Highway Safety.

The five states participating, including Alabama, are Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

He said that during the July 17-23 time frame, both state and local law enforcement officers will be involved with the effort to crack down on motorists who ignore the highway safety laws.

"They  just want everybody to be safe. To get to where you're going alive, which means following the rules, following the speed limits, wearing your seat belts, don't drive impaired, and that way everybody can enjoy the roads during this time," said Whatley.

According to Whatley, 236 deaths were attributed to speeding in 2015.

"That's all preventable deaths that happened because people were driving too fast," said Whatley.

The campaign's goal is to have a period of zero fatalities.

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