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Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Riter talks to a driver on Hwy. 27 on Wednesday during law enforcement’s traffic enforcement campaign.
A need for speed?

Area law enforcement is participating in Operation Southern Shield, a week-long crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving across the South.

Authorities in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina are involved in the enforcement effort.

“NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has told us that speed is a major factor in a lot of accidents,” Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes said.