Tennessee traffic fatalities see rise in 2018 compared to previous year

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol report preliminary figures show traffic fatalities are up in the state.

    According to the latest totals, there were 1,047 traffic fatalities in Tennessee in 2018. The number represents a 2.2% increase compared to 2017 which saw 23 fewer fatalities (1,024).

    Of the 2018 fatalities, 42% (299) were not wearing a seat belt at the time of their death.

    Despite the rise in fatalities, Alcohol impaired crashes, DUI arrests, and seat belt violations all saw decreases compared to 2017.

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