Officials said they hope a new East Tennessee law enforcement partnership will increase traffic safety in several counties with high fatality numbers.
Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office announced Friday it will work with Anderson, Blount, Campbell and Sevier counties in an effort to lower traffic fatalities and crashes in those areas. Those four counties investigated more than 170 fatalities from 2010 - 2012.
The new initiative will allow agencies to increase enforcement in key areas and add checkpoints. Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office said it will also provide assistance in areas like overtime funding.
Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office Kendell Poole said their goal is to make roads safer through law enforcement.
"Where we see the slightest increase, we're going to be able to go in those counties and take a proactive approach with all our law enforcement partners," said Poole.
Poole said this new effort is a proactive approach to enforcement, which helps back the state's education efforts