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Athens Police writing more traffic citations in 2012

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) -- Police in Athens have been busy in 2012. A re-instated traffic program has resulted in almost 7,000 tickets from January to September of this year, up nearly 50% from 2011's total of 5,477 citations.

Police credit a combination of a lack of officers in the street for 2011 and a growing population in the area for the marked increase.

The force is now at full strength, and the regional statistics show that fatal crashes are down nearly 70 percent.

For more on this story, watch Channel 3 Eyewitness News Live at 5:30.

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