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'Operation Southern Shield' proves successful at saving lives

GSP troopers helped save lives in 'Operation Southern Shield'. (Source: WALB) GSP troopers helped save lives in 'Operation Southern Shield'. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A multi-state speeding awareness operation has proven to be a big success. 

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety reported that 'Operation Southern Shield' led to a drop in fatal crashes on Georgia roads.

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The week-long operation took place between July 17 and July 23 in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.   

There were 17 traffic deaths in Georgia during that seven-day operation. 

That's a 51 percent decrease from the 35 fatalities that were reported for the same seven-day period the week before.

Other states that participated are seeing similar results.

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