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New Safety Program Implemented On Interstate 24

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.- Interstate 24 has been called one of the most dangerous roads in Middle Tennessee, now officers have a new plan to help prevent any more injuries going into the New Year.

On Friday, officers with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office announce they will be saturating the interstate from Murfreesboro to Nashville, in an effort to make the roadway safer. In 2012 there were over 231 injury crashes reported on Interstate 24.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office will team up with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to blanket the stretch of Interstate through the end of the year.

"If you are speeding, if you are not wearing your seatbelt, we are going to pull you over," explained Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

Deaths on Tennessee roadways have steadily increased in 2012, topping over 1,000 in the last week in December.

"Reaching the one-thousand fatality mark is not the worst year we've had, but it's not the year we wanted this year," said Tony Burnett with the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

Extra officers will be on duty through the holiday weekend watching over Interstate 24. It's hoped the saturation will lead to slower traffic and better driving habits well into the New Year.

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