July 8th, 2022 – 12:15 PM
Calhoun Police Department –
Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are
hammering down on their gas pedal during the fourth annual “Operation Southern Slow
Down” speed enforcement operation.
After the last 5 year’s highly successful operation that drew national attention,
Georgia will join neighboring states in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina in
pulling over drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on
interstates, major highways, and local roads beginning Monday, July 18, 2022.
Chief Tony Pyle encourages motorists to drive safely and slow down. “Our main
focus this week is reducing crashes and providing a safer transportation experience for
motorists traveling in our city and throughout Georgia.”
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
the number of traffic deaths reported in the state during last year’s Southern Shield was
lower than the past several years during the last two weeks of July.
“If you are pulled over next week, don’t ask for a warning because this is it; the
the speed limit on every road in this city and state is set to protect everyone who is traveling on
them,” stated Sergeant Christy Nicholson.
While state and local law enforcement agencies will be handling their own speed
enforcement operations across the five southeastern states, Georgia will once again join
their law enforcement partners in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina for joint
operations during the week.