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Programs aim to reduce Tennessee roadway fatalities

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The number of fatalities on state roads has now reached 1,000 so far this year. That number is up 72 more deaths than last year.

Officials with the Governor's Highway Safety Office are announcing plans Friday on how they will help reduce that number next year.

Clint Shrum, a spokesperson with the Governor's Highway Safety Office, said the numbers are higher for several reasons, including a mild winter.  He said it allowed more drivers to travel more miles.  He said there has also been a decrease of about 3% in seatbelt use.

Shrum said they are launching the Cumberland Crackdown on Friday.  He said they are focusing on the upper Cumberland counties.  He said more officers are on the streets looking for drunk drivers, seatbelt use and aggressive drivers.

Statewide they will continue the "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.

More campaigns are scheduled with local law enforcement agencies through 2013.

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