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THP: number of fatal crashes down for first half of 2011

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NASHVILLE (WRCB)-- Tennessee Highway Patrol says that the preliminary number of people killed in fatal accidents on Tennessee's highways and roads is down 15 percent for the first six months of 2011, compared to the same time period in 2010.

The THP reports 440 fatalities in Tennessee from January 1 through June 30, 2011. That is 77 fewer than the 517 people killed in vehicle accidents during the same dates in 2010. These figures include all vehicular fatalities in Tennessee reported by law enforcement agencies across the state.

State troopers made 2,132 DUI arrests from January 1 through June 30, 2011, an increase of almost 31 percent over 2010.  In 2010, the number of arrests made during that time was 1,631.

"These numbers are very encouraging. If the trend continues, 2011 could be one of the lowest years on record for reports of fatalities in Tennessee," said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

In 2010, a total of 1,031 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee.  Preliminary statistics indicate 289 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2010 that involved alcohol.

"The THP is saving lives. Our stepped up enforcement efforts are working," Commissioner Gibbons added.

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