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Rise in state-wide fatalities for 2010

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, state-wide fatalities are up by 53 this year.

While not all are speed or alcohol related, the sheriff's office says many could have been prevented by the use of a seatbelt.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office announced Monday they will team up with the Governor's Highway Safety Office this holiday season in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

"Our message is simple.  Always wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit and don't drink and drive" says Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Driving without a seatbelt is illegal in Tennessee. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. 

Hammond adds, "If motorists will take just a moment and think about these things before they get behind the wheel of a car, there would be less injuries and fatalities should a crash occur."

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