2015 ranks lowest in Tenn. Fourth of July traffic deaths

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The 2015 figures for vehicular fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday period may rank as one of the lowest on record.

Though the preliminary report could change, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced five people were killed in traffic crashes during this year’s Fourth of July period. That’s a decrease from the 12 vehicular deaths in 2014.

There were three vehicle occupants, one motorcyclist and one pedestrian killed during this year’s 72-hour period.

One of the traffic fatalities was alcohol-related and one was not wearing a seat belt.

Tennessee state troopers also arrested 59 individuals on suspicion of DUI and issued 1,350 seat belt citations.

The highest number of deaths in a Fourth of July holiday period occurred in 1996, when 27 people were killed in crashes across Tennessee.

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