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Officials: Fewer Tennessee Traffic Fatalities In 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fewer people died on Tennessee roadways in 2013 than in past years, according to state officials.

The Department of Safety said 988 people died in traffic crashes in Tennessee last year. That was a nearly 3-percent drop from 2012, which saw 1,015 traffic fatalities.

It was also only the fourth time in the last 50 years that vehicular fatalities dropped below 1,000. In 2011, there were 937 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, representing the lowest figure since 1963.

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said the numbers show the state still has work to do, but the numbers are proof the state is moving in the right direction.

One concern to safety officials was that pedestrian fatalities increased by 25 percent over the past year from 68 in 2012 to 85 in 2013.

Preliminary statistics showed one person has died on Tennessee roadways so far in 2014, compared to eight at this time last year.

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