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TN highway fatalities hit 1,000

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There was a somber milestone on Tennessee roads today.

The overhead signs on the interstate totaling the number of lives in fatal crashes hit 1,000.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers said that exceeds the 937 people who died on Tennessee roads last year.

"You hear these total numbers nationwide, and you hear these sort of in passing, and it's staggering," said THP Sgt. Matt Perry.

State troopers said that more than half of those deaths may have been prevented had the person been wearing a seatbelt.

With that in mind, the highway patrol said they will be focusing on enforcing that and two other big problems - speed and alcohol.

"Going forward the last few days of the year, we don't want that number to grow anymore," said Perry.

Trooper attribute warmer than normal temperatures in January, February and March as one of the reasons for the increase in fatal wrecks, because more people were driving and riding motorcycles.

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