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Traffic fatalities on rise in Cumberland Plateau

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Governor's Highway Safety Office says there has been another increase in traffic fatalities in the upper Cumberland Plateau region of the state.

Officials from the state and local law enforcement officials held a news conference on Thursday to announce enforcement efforts to address the increase in traffic fatalities.

"This madness and mayhem absolutely has to stop. Too many families are spending more time in hospitals and funeral homes than they are enjoying time with one another," said law enforcement liaison Clint Shrum.

The number of traffic deaths in Tennessee so far this year is 56, an increase from the 48 deaths recorded in January 2012.

The event was held at the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville.

For more information, visit http://tntrafficsafety.org .

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