How Forsyth County drivers performed during this year’s “Operation Southern Slowdown”

Justine Lookenott

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Formerly known as “Operation Southern Shield,” the goal of the week-long program is to get drivers to slow down from July 19 through July 22(Image by Forsyth County Government)

(Forsyth County, GA) “Operation Southern Slowdown” has come to an end and the stats are in for Forsyth County.

Formerly known as “Operation Southern Shield,” the goal of the week-long program is to get drivers to slow down from July 19 through July 22.

From 2017 to 2020, traffic deaths in the five participating southeastern states dropped by two percent from the week before the program to the week after, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. Speed-related traffic deaths dropped by 14 percent in the same time period.

Below are the results from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office:

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The 2022 “Operation Southern Slowdown” results for Forsyth County(Image by Forsyth County Government)

Below is the full wrap-up video from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following safety reminders:

  • The necessary stopping distance quadruples every time a driver doubles their speed.
  • Allow more stopping time for bigger vehicles, or when traveling downhill on wet or uneven pavement.
  • Apply the brakes before entering a curve.
  • Set a good example for young drivers by driving at the speed limit.
  • If speeding drivers are following too closely, allow them to pass.
  • Always wear a seat belt.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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