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GSP cracks down on speeders with week-long campaign

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With the number of fatalities on Peach State roads nearly doubling from 2013 to 2015, the Georgia State Patrol is cracking down on speeders.

Troopers are calling it Operation Southern Shield, a week-long speed prevention and enforcement initiative on interstates, major highways and local roads in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

During this year's Independence Day weekend, there were 15 fatalities compared to six in 2016. 

GSP Post 40 in Albany plans to focus on the most populated roads which include Highway 19 from Camilla to  Leesburg, Highway 520 going toward Cordele and Highway 91 near Baker County. 

"Here to get troopers and local law enforcement agencies and surrounding states out to concentrate on the speeding violation. We think if we slow people down that we may reduce fatalities," said Sgt. John Vanlandingham. 

Vanlandingham said that normally, as a courtesy, they give drivers about 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

But anything more than 10 miles per hour, you risk the chance of getting ticketed.

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