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GSP Troopers participate in 'Operation Southern Shield'

Georgia State Patrol troopers are hoping to save lives by getting drivers to slow down. (Source:WALB) Georgia State Patrol troopers are hoping to save lives by getting drivers to slow down. (Source:WALB)
On Tuesday, troopers stopped a number of cars going at least 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. (Source:WALB) On Tuesday, troopers stopped a number of cars going at least 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. (Source:WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Georgia State Patrol troopers are out on the roads in South Georgia encouraging drivers to slow down.

It's all part of the week long 'Operation Southern Shield', a partnership between GSP, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement from several states.

On Tuesday, troopers stopped a number of cars going at least 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The enforcement operation is aimed at reducing the rising number of traffic deaths in Georgia.

"They are not just numbers for the sake of numbers, they are people whose lives have been turned upside down forever because they have lost someone in a car crash," said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

On Tuesday, one car was stopped going more than 100 miles per hour on I-75, which resulted in a reckless driving arrest.

Troopers said last year there were 221 speeding related fatalities on Georgia Roads.

So far this year, officials have reported 40 speed related wrecks.

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