Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina will again join forces this year for the third annual ‘Operation Southern Shield,’ a week-long speed enforcement operation. Drivers breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on interstates, major highways and local roads beginning next Monday will face police officers and state troopers.

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of traffic deaths reported in the state during last year’s Southern Shield was 29 percent lower than the past several years during the last two weeks of July.