Operation Southern Shield cracks down on speeding

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Give yourself a little extra time driving this week. Law enforcement from all across the state and the south are cracking down on speeding.

Local law enforcement agencies in the area, and in four other states will crack down on speeding this week.

“Operation Southern Shield” focuses on the heavy summer travel period when the rate of fatal and injury crashes in the southeast is higher than any other time of year.

The Knox County Sheriff Office posted on Facebook that "KCSO is proud to participate in what Sheriff Spangler feels will help to save lives and reduce the number of accidents with injury".

This time of year, a lot of people are hitting the roads to travel. Because of this, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office says they see more deadly crashes.

"We want everyone to make it to their destinations safely. Our law enforcement partners will exercise a zero-tolerance for speeding drivers. If you're caught speeding, you will be ticketed," Tennessee Highway Safety Office Director Vic Donoho said.

Law enforcement officers are pulling over drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on interstates, major highways, and local roads. Agencies have said they may even pull over drivers exceeding the speed limit by a single mile per hour.

"You may get a citation, you may simply get a written warning or an oral warning, but we want to make as many contacts with drivers as possible to make sure you understand the severity of your actions if you speed," Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

The initiative kicked off Monday, July 15 and runs through July 21.

The other states included are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.