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West Orange Times & Observer Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019 1 month ago

OCSO to crack down on traffic violations through July 21

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Orange County Sheriff's Office will participate in Operation Southern Shield now through July 21, cracking down on traffic violations on local roads and interstates.
by: Hannah Swayze News Editor

Orange County deputies will crack down on traffic violators now through July 21 as part of Operation Southern Shield, an initiative that aims to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in the southern states. 

According to a release from OCSO, deputies will be on the looking out for distracted, impaired and aggressive drivers and seatbelt usage on interstates and local roads as part of the initiative.

Operation Southern Shield spans Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee and aims to increase awareness of traffic safety issues. 

In the past 18 months in Orange County, there were 4,520 crashes resulting in injuries or death for passengers that were caused by speeding and 8,188 where aggressive or distracted driving was a contributing factor, according to the OCSO. 

Hannah Swayze is the News Editor at the West Orange Times & Observer and Windermere Observer. She is former staff writer of the Johnson City Press in Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in media...

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