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TN 2011 Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1961

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee traffic fatalities declined sharply this year, reaching their lowest figure in 49 years.
So far in 2011, 926 people have died in wrecks in the state. It’s the fewest since 811 in 1962.
Col. Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol credits drunken driving enforcement, increased seat belt use, educational safety programs in schools and other factors. But he still wishes more drivers and passengers would buckle up.
“It’s the simplest and most effective way to protect yourself on the road,” Trott said.
He called the 2011 figure “a great accomplishment.”
Until last year, such figures had been declining. There were 1,211 in 2007, 1,043 in 2008 and 989 in 2009, then a spike to 1,030 in 2010. The deadliest year was 1,444 in 1973.

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