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Car wreck numbers down in Bristol, Tennessee; new report says

VIDEO: Car wrecks down in Bristol, Tennessee; new report says

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The number of traffic collisions in Bristol, Tennessee decreased in 2017 versus previous years, according to a report from the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.BRISTOL, Tenn. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}While the number of accidents was down by 14 percent, traffic has increased in the city over the past several years, particularly around the Pinnacle development.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Traffic in that end of town has definitely picked up," Bristol, Tennessee Police Captain Charlie Thomas said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Local driver Steve Bowman has taken notice.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I think it's gone up over the last few years because of the real estate developments,” Bowman said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}During that time frame, the number of wrecks across the city has dropped.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"We actually saw a reduction of 122 total accidents," Thomas said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}There was also a minor reduction in injuries caused by collisions. Bowman said he was surprised to hear that accidents were fewer.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Police have tried to make the roads safer by focusing on problem areas for crashes and reckless driving.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Volunteer Parkway is one of them,” Officer Clayton Potter said. “We see trends and we know there are people that exceed the speed limit."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Officer Clayton Potter said he has seen the most wrecks at the intersection of Cox and Volunteer Parkway.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I don't know if it's people texting or just not paying attention to that intersection, or people just trying to get out at that restaurant right there,” Potter said.

{p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"We want our citizens to be safe,” Thomas said. “If we're not tied up on traffic crashes, there are other things we can concentrate our efforts on."

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