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Tennessee traffic fatalities continue to rise

5:54 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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The number of fatal accidents continues to rise in Tennessee, now surpassing the total from 2011.

According to the TDOT message signs hanging over Tennessee interstates, 952 people have died on state highways and roads so far this year.  That recently passed last year's total of 937.

TDOT began the roadway fatality message campaign in April, as a way to remind drivers to pay attention and stay safe.

They say part of staying safe is to make sure you're buckled up.

"Out of all the fatalities for this year, 60% of them were seatbelt. From simply fastening your seatbelt you increase your chances of surviving a fatal crash or from suffering life altering injuries over 50% just by clicking a seatbelt," said Lt. Don Boshears with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The lieutenant says THP will have more troopers out on the roadways this holiday season to help improve safety.

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