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In 2015, 102 people died on Austin’s roads, the highest number the city had ever recorded to that point. No one has a clear answer as to why there was such a sharp uptick, but the city is working on finding ways to address the deadliest contributing factors.In this series, we explore the reasons why so many people are dying on Austin's roadways and what can be done about it.00000175-b316-d35a-a3f7-bbdeffe60000

For First-Responders, Traffic Fatalities Take an Emotional Toll

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Summer Davenport, of APD's Victim Services unit, checks for emergency requests on her computer.

Last year, 102 people died on Austin’s roads. All this week, we’ve been looking at the plan in our series – the Road to Zero.

While we’ve heard the stories of victims and loved ones, we haven’t heard from those who respond to these deaths – in the minutes and days after. KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy spoke with three members of the Austin Police Department about their work and the toll it takes.

Audrey McGlinchy is KUT's housing reporter. Got a tip? Email her at audrey@kut.org. Follow her on Twitter @AKMcGlinchy.
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