Morristown police report increase in traffic deaths

10:26 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Morristown) Statewide traffic fatalities are down this year compared to last year.

This month in 2012, there had been 378 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes year to date, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. So far this year, 328 people have lost their lives on the road.

But one East Tennessee police department says in their small city, the numbers are up.

Morristown Police Department reports they have already had more deaths in 2013 than they had total in 2012.

"We're on track for this to be one of the deadliest years in Morristown on our roadways," said Major Michelle Jones.

Morristown Police Department says seven people have died on their roads. They had six people killed in 2012. They had three people killed in 2011.

Major Jones says the most difficult part is that most of the deaths shouldn't have happened.

"We go to these scenes time and time again and we know it could have been avoided," she said.

Texting, speeding, and impaired driving are to blame.

The department is increasing patrols and spreading the word on social media in hopes of deterring some of the bad driving habits.

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