GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) will participate in a regional effort to crack down on speeding.

Operation Southern Slowdown will run from July 17 through July 23 across five states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

GCSO will be increasing patrols on highways, secondary roads, and back roads to ensure drivers are complying with speed limits.

Operation Southern Slowdown is part of the statewide push to reduce traffic fatalities in South Carolina to zero.

“This is a campaign to stop the bad habit of speeding,” said an official with the South Carolina Office of Highway Safety.

According to GCSO, speeding accounts for 30% of nationwide highway fatalities each year.

A similar campaign, Operation Southern Shield, was previously held in 2017.