Law enforcement officers in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee participated in the “Operation Southern Shield” speed enforcement operation last week, with an unofficial goal of putting the hammer down on drivers hammering down on the gas pedal.
2017’s highly successful operation focused on drivers breaking traffic laws on interstates, major highways, and local roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2016 and was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation. Similarly, the United States Department of Transportation found that speed was a factor in 31 percent of fatal crashes in the U.S. from 2005-2014.
Here are the statistics from the South Carolina Highway Patrol:
- DUI Cases: 203
- Seat Belt Cases: 1,620
- Speeding Cases: 2,974
Operation Southern Shield was essentially a “zero tolerance” mission by law enforcement, and some people may have found themselves victims of law enforcement over-reach. If you were, or someone you know was cited with a DUI or traffic violation during the past week, or at any time in the future, the Columbia DUI lawyers at Truslow & Truslow are here to help you. Contact us at (803) 256-6276 to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.