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6/12/03 - Tyler

Deadly Crashes And Accidents Up In Tyler

"They're not watching the traffic in front of them," says officer Randall Vaught. On the busy streets of Tyler, hardly a shift goes by that officers Vaught and Stanford don't work a wreck.

"I would say the number one problem is failure to control speed that doesn't mean they are speeding," says officer Vaught.

Such was the case Thursday, on Tyler's rain-slicked loop across from Sam's. Five cars were involved in two accidents just seconds apart.

"I got here and started slowing down for the brakes and there just wasn't any brakes," says Clifford Robinson, involved in a traffic accident. "There was just no stopping it."

But, Tyler officers believe drivers can help reduce the number of crashes and deadly accidents. "driver education, pay more attention to your driving and enforcement will help."

Drivers who dodge the accidents have their own ideas on making tyler roads safer.

"More policeman, more observance of people who violate," says Judd Baliff. "You've got to catch the people who are speeding and running red lights."

"I know some of the problems are people on their cell phones because you see that happening all the time," says Laderrica Williams.

And 11 traffic officers are keeping their eye on the road, writing tickets in hopes of deterring those accidents.

"I would much rather write a ticket than I would notify someone next of kin they've died in a traffic accident," says officer Vaught.

Dana Dixon reporting

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