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Multi-state law enforcement agencies wrap up week-long 'Operation Southern Shield'

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Highway patrol officers in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are wrapping up a week-long operation cracking down on speeders and aggressive drivers.

It was all part of Operation Southern Shield.

Patrol officers say their main goal was to get people to slow down in order to save lives and make our highways safer. They were targeting both speeders and aggressive drivers to reduce the chances of an injury and/or fatality crash.

So far this year, there have already been 813 fatalities on Georgia roads.

Some Georgia State Patrol troopers visited the WTOC studios on Monday and talked about how even going just ten miles-per-hour over the speed limit can be problematic.

"People say about going 10 over...it's not that much, but every time you go ten miles per hour or more over the speed limit your chances of injury is about 23 times greater with a slower reaction time at the same time, so your reaction time goes way down the faster you drive,” said Master Trooper Andy Sinquefield, GSP.

Sunday was the last day of the week-long speed awareness and enforcement operation. Law enforcement officials say they will now focus on bus routes and making sure the roads are safe for kids heading back to school.

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