In context: Midway through 2021, Rome and Floyd County have seen 15 traffic deaths as well as three off-road fatalities. The same trends have been reported in neighboring counties as well. From media briefings to public service videos, authorities have been pleading with people to be more cautious on our roadways. Below, Rome Police announces the agency’s participation in the Operation Southern Shield campaign all this week.
Media release: This week, the Rome Police Department will partner with agencies across the state as part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Operation Southern Shield program. This is a partnership among surrounding states to focus on accident/injury-causing violations.
Officers will be monitoring high-crash corridors and citing drivers who are speeding, unrestrained and distracted. All too often, innocent citizens suffer tragic consequences, such as the loss of loved ones because of the careless disregard of human life by others.
The Rome Police Department and surrounding agencies are committed to creating safe roadways for all travelers. We are increasing enforcement during the state wide operation period.
In Georgia, alcohol- and drug-related crashes result in the deaths of nearly 500 people every year. In addition, the estimated loss averages $73,000 per injured survivor and $2.9 million per fatality. The goal of the campaign is relatively simple: to decrease incidents of death and injury on Georgia’s roadways.
We will do our part, however; it takes community support to make a difference. You can help support the program by making responsible decisions about careless driving behavior. You can speak out to friends and family who may be making the wrong decision, and you can notify law enforcement if you spot a dangerous driver on the roadways.
If the community works together to spread the word and change behavior, we can all help stop the rising total of unnecessary crashes, injuries, and deaths on our roadways. Let’s all work together to have a safe travel period for everyone in Rome and Floyd County.