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Traffic fatalities on rise in the Chattanooga area

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This memorial cross marks a traffic fatality at the corner of Hickory Valley Road at East Brainerd Road. Photo by Tim Barber. This memorial cross marks a traffic fatality at the corner of Hickory Valley Road at East Brainerd Road. Photo by Tim Barber.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Traffic fatalities involving alcohol, pedestrians and motorcycles are on pace to exceed last year's figures, according to Chattanooga police.

In 2012, there were 22 traffic fatalities that investigators responded to, but as of this week, the department has already recorded 17 deaths, according to police data.

Year to date, 47 percent of the deaths are alcohol-related; 18 percent are pedestrian deaths and 18 percent involved motorcycles, records show.

Last year, 40 percent of traffic deaths were alcohol related, 5 percent were pedestrian deaths and 18 percent involved motorcycles.

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