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States team to prevent fatal wrecks


A Clarksville mom said she wants every driver to think about her son when they get behind the wheel.

Fridays are especially hard for Gina Head-Hieber. It was on a Friday last year she got the phone call about her son Tyler.

"I owe it to him to keep any other family from going through the hell that we've through over the last year and a half," said Head-Hieber.

Tyler Head was driving through Clarksville toward Austin Peay State University with a friend last February when a driver traveling the opposite direction lost control, crossed three lanes of traffic and his the truck head on.

Head was killed, his friend was seriously injured.

"We want to do everything in our power to make sure no lives are lost on Tennessee and Kentucky highways," said Tony Burnett, law enforcement liaison with the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

The week July 4 is typically one of the deadliest all year on Tennessee highways.

Traffic deaths in Tennessee are 33 percent lower than this time last year.

The Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office is working with police in Tennessee and Kentucky through the Hands Across the Border campaign to keep the numbers down through the week of July 4 when traffic deaths are usually up.

Police said there are a few contributors that lead to the spike in traffic fatalities around the July 4 holiday weekend.

First of all it's a holiday, then it's summer, so there are people traveling and they're in areas they're not used to being in.

"There's not a day goes by that I don't think about him," said Head-Hieber.

The driver who caused the accident that killed Head pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and reckless aggravated assault and was sentenced to one year in prison.

Head-Hieber said what happened to her son can happen to anyone because of one wrong move on the road.

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