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Kingsport traffic fatalities up

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Sep 26 2013 04:57:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 26 2013 01:56:49 PM CDT

It's been a deadly year for Kingsport drivers -- we've learned 14 people have been killed on the roads since the beginning of the year.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

It's been a deadly year for Kingsport drivers -- we've learned 14 people have been killed on the roads since the beginning of the year.

"What we're seeing this year is a huge multitude of causes and locations," says Tom Patton with the Kingsport Police Department.

Police tell us they haven't seen this many fatalities since 2005. "They're happening in a variety of places, in a variety of times, for a variety of reasons," says Patton.

The reported reasons range from drug and alcohol use, to text-and-driving, to red light running. Less than half of those who died were not wearing seat belts.

Officers say the main theme in all the fatalities is driver error.

We pulled the numbers for the totals for the Tri-Cities and found that in Johnson City, there have been seven traffic fatalities this year. In Bristol, Tennessee, there haven't been any.  Bristol, Virginia has had three traffic fatalities this year.

Kingsport police have a message for all drivers: "Pay attention to your driving, obey traffic laws, drive the speed limit, stop at the red lights, don't text and drive, don't drive while impaired," says Patton.