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Wreck Fatalities Double in Henderson County

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Officials in Henderson County are concerned with the dangers travelers are facing on their roads, and they want to fix the problem.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Henderson County has had 11 fatal car crashes this year. That is four more fatalities than last year, and more than doubled the total for 2010.

This alarming trend helped the sheriff's department get a $30,000 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. They are using that money to try and bring those numbers down.

Sheriff Brian Duke said the grant money will go towards paying deputies for overtime shifts. That will allow more officers to spend time patrolling high risk areas, such as Interstate 40.

"We are gonna be out there and we want to treasure people. We're there because our fatality rate has gone up and we want to lower that," said Duke.

Sheriff Duke said to expect the increase in patrol officers to begin in the next two weeks.