Georgia will join South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee for a regional week long speed enforcement initiative beginning Monday, July 17, and running through Sunday, July 23. It’s called “Operation Southern Shield.”

The Calhoun Police Department, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, will be stepping up patrols to enforce posted speed limits on all highways, roads and streets. The crack down on speeders during the next week is to assure everyone “Arrives Alive.”

“We’re not trying to write tickets, we’re trying to get to get you to slow down. But guess what? If you don’t slow down, we will write you a ticket,” Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Harris Blackwood said.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding is the cause of 30 percent of the traffic deaths in the United States each year.