Tennessee traffic fatalities keeping pace with last year's 5-year-high

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee traffic fatalities continue to keep pace with last year's 1,043 fatalities, the highest since 2013.

    As 1.2 million Tennesseans prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security's daily fatality report is a reminder to be cautious and alert on the roads.

    As of Tuesday, there have been 914 traffic fatalities in the state. The total is one more than 2017's year-to-date total. This year's total has been due in large part to the months of June and August, which saw an increase of 47 traffic fatalities compared to those same months last year.

    Thus far, 2018's November totals have seen a decrease compared to last year with six fewer deaths. Overall, Middle Tennessee has seen decreases in traffic fatalities. However, Robertson (+11), Davidson (+4), Stewart (+4), and Sumner (+3) have seen increases year-to-date.

    Among all counties, Shelby County has seen the largest increase statewide with 38 more fatalities compared to this time last year.

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