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Deputies: Eight traffic deaths in the last seven days

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It's been a deadly week on Tri-State roadways.

Eight people have died in recent traffic accidents, while others have been injured and authorities say most of these crashes could have been avoided.

Law enforcement officers are saying enough is enough.

The latest accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputies say a SUV slammed into the back of dump truck stopped at a red light. Danny Berry, 53, of Evansville died of his injuries.

On Wednesday morning, a fiery crash in Daviess County, Kentucky killed one person when a car hit a semi head-on.

Last Friday, a three vehicle crash on I-164, has now killed four people, including an 8-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, a recent crash on Highway 57 in Daviess County, Indiana left two dead.

Chief Deputy Dave Wedding with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says, "That's alarming. It's very disturbing to law enforcement there's are innocent people that are dying on our roadways."

However, not all crashes have been deadly. Evansville Police report 38 other accidents just within the last two days. Those crashes have left people with injuries and damaged vehicles, and officials say many of these accidents could have been avoided.

Wedding says, "Everyone is in a hurry in this day and age, it's not usual for motorist to pass a squad car, years ago, you'd never dream of passing a squad car. They just want to get from point A to point B as quick as they can, and it makes a dangerous situation."

Deputy Wedding says five people have died in Vanderburgh County within the last week, when eight died over 12 months last year. Already the county has doubled it's number of fatal accidents this year.

Officials say the advice is simple: keep your electronics off in the car, pay attention, and plan extra time.

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