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State works to reduce traffic fatalities

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NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security announced goals to help reduce traffic fatalities in the state.

As of October 17, 800 people have died on Tennessee roadways for the year.

TDOT officials say the department will display updated fatality figures on message boards.

"It's my hope that seeing the fatality numbers on a daily basis will help drivers make better decisions that can save lives," Schroer said. "Whether it's putting your phone down, watching your speed, buckling your seat belt, or choosing not to drive impaired, every single motorist can do their part to prevent more tragedies on our roadways."

Tennessee Highway Control will also focus on specific DUI and seatbelt enforcement efforts that will include special enforcement campaigns throughout the upcoming holiday travel season.

"I believe our enforcement efforts are making a difference. I know we have helped saved lives. But I am concerned that the number of fatalities continues to rise. We will continue to use proven enforcement campaigns, such as Operation Nighthawk, and other aggressive efforts, especially during the holiday travel season," Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott.

"The safety of the citizens who travel our roadways is our number one priority. We will continue to work together to utilize education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response to increase safety, especially when we see alarming trends in fatalities like we've seen over the past three months," added Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

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