Operation Southern Shield targeting speeders in five states

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) -- As of Monday, Operation Southern Shield is underway.

Drivers in five southeastern states had better slow down or risk getting pulled over as hundreds of law enforcement agencies enact Operation Southern Shield.

From July 15 to July 21, law enforcement officers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are keeping their eyes peeled for drivers above the legally posted limit.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is stepping up enforcement of traffic laws. More troopers are on the roadway thanks to federal overtime grants.

“We are going to target aggressive operators of motor vehicles. That will be speeding, following too close, aggressive lane changing. Everything that encompasses motor vehicle safety, we are going to target,” AL State Trooper Corporal Steve Smith said.

ALEA also wants drivers to slow down in construction zones and refrain from driving while distracted. Buckling up remains a problem for some drivers.

“Continue to wear your seatbelt. 64% of all fatal crashes we are seeing involve seatbelt non-compliance,” Smith said.

Operation Southern Shield lasts through Sunday night.

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