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THP Fighting to Stop Distracted Driving

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn- As the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday comes to a close, no fatal car crashes have been reported in Jackson Dictrict of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Law enforcement say they are hoping to make 2013 a safer year than 2012. So far, statewide, they are hoping it gets better.

According to Lieutenant Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the year is off to a bad start. So far, there have been 41 roadway fatalities. The most recent was this past weekend in Haywood County where three men were killed in a one-vehicle crash. That cause of that crash is still under investigation.

Wilbanks said while drinking and driving is always one of the biggest causes of crashes during the holidays and throughout the year, so is distracted driving.

"You have to be mentally prepared when you get behind the wheel of a car. It can be dangerous out there. You've go to pay attention and don't let others distract you," said Wilbanks.

In 2012, there were 1,019 traffic-related deaths in Tennessee, representing the third lowest figures since 1963.

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