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"Operation Safe Sumner" encourages drivers to slow down, buckle up

(WZTV)

Law enforcement agencies are banding together in efforts to make Sumner County roadways safer.

“Operation Safe Sumner” kicked off Thursday. Members from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Gallatin Police, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown attended the news conference at Volunteer State Community College.

Speed trailers and signs were places along Highway 31 E, or Nashville Pike, and Vietnam Veterans Boulevard. Which authorities say are some of the most dangerous roadways in the county.

Authorities hope the signs will help to reduce the number of traffic deaths. The county recently saw an alarming spike in traffic fatalities, from 10 in 2014 to 24 in 2016.

THP Lt. Bill Miller said this initiative is the first of its kind in Sumner County. Miller said THP is also using social media outlets, like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, to reach out to young drivers about roadway safety.

Officers are urging travelers to slow down and buckle up, especially with spring and summer breaks right around the corner.

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