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Clarksville police increase patrols due to spike in fatalities

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Last year was one of the deadliest years for deaths on Clarksville highways.

According to Clarksville police, there were 3,747 accidents on the city's highways in 2012 and 16 people were killed.

Police say Ft. Campbell Boulevard was the worst in terms of accidents with 449 wrecks.

"They're using this like a racetrack between the stoplights, trying to see how fast you can go to get from point A to point B," Sgt. Johnny Ransdell told Nashville's News 2.  "We've got everybody getting off of work traffic [is] just bumper to bumper. We've got people not paying attention."

Due to the up tick, Clarksville officers will increase traffic enforcement during peak driving times between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Ft. Campbell Boulevard.

"Just seeing us out there, in the police cars, having all these cars stop it will eventually slow them down and hopefully reduce the number of traffic accidents," Ransdell said.

Officers will also look for drivers with seatbelt violations, who are texting or who are following too close to other drivers.

Ransdell told Nashville's News 2, "Our main goal is to reduce the accidents and reduce the fatalities in Clarksville."

Thursday, January 31, the first day of the increased patrols, Clarksville officers handed out more than 40 citations.

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