Columbia, SC (WLTX) - If you're driving along South Carolina roads this week--or anywhere else in most of the Southeast---get ready for see a whole lot more law enforcement.
This week is what's being called "Operation Southern Shield," a joint effort between officers from South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee to target speeders.
"Troopers will be all the way from South of the Border (on the North Carolina/South Carolina border) to Miami Beach," says Sgt. Bob Beres with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
It's estimated that 37 percent of all fatalities on South Carolina roads are caused by speed. Beres says so much of that can be avoided, just by drivers thinking ahead and given themselves more time to get where they're going.
"Expect the unexpected," he said. "Expect that there's going to be traffic ahead. Expect the tire to blow on your vehicle. Expect a collision to be down the road where it's going to delay your time to get there."
He aid the focus will be on interstates this week, but police and county agencies will be also looking for speeders on secondary roads.
"We want everyone to leave their destination, go have a good time, and come back safely, and that's why we're doing this," Beres said.
"Operation Southern Shield" runs through Sunday.