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State, County Officials Call Attn. To Increased Number Of Fatal Crashes

Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 19:43:39-04

In the wake of serious crash that sent more than 10 people to the hospital, state and county law enforcement officials have brought attention to an increase of fatalities on Maury County roads.  

In 2016 alone, 13 people have died in Maury County crashes. That number is a drastic difference from the three deaths reported all of last year.

"I responded and witnessed first hand, some of these horrible crash sites - completely unnecessary and they are avoidable," said Sheriff Bucky Rowland.

Law enforcement agencies including the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Maury County Sheriff's Office and police in Columbia, Spring Hill and Mount Pleasant announced they would be joining forces to stop the cycle.

They will be using THP predictive analytics to help track where deadly accidents may occur as well as keeping an eye out for distracted drivers or drivers not wearing seatbelts.

They said one of the biggest culprits of these crashes are distracted driving.

During Monday's event, they urged drivers to buckle up, put the phone away, slow down and don't drink and drive.