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Operation Southern Shield underway in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Highway patrol officers in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are working to get drivers to slow down.

It's part of Operation Southern Shield. The week-long speed awareness and enforcement operation will end on Sunday.

Patrol officers say they are not trying to catch every speeder and write lots of tickets. They are trying to get people to slow down, thus saving lives.

"We had 813 fatalities on the roadways in the state of Georgia, that's 813 too many. Last year we had 1,561. So, those numbers are we're only halfway through at this point of the year. So, we just want people to slow down and you know get off those cell phones,” said Georgia State Patrol Lt. Thornell King.

The focus has been primarily on Interstate 95. So, if you are planning to travel this weekend, keep that in mind.

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