traffic fatalities en Tenn. Traffic Deaths Up "Dramatically" in 2012 <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; That State of&nbsp;Tennessee is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2012. As of Thursday, 305 people have died on the state&rsquo;s highways, an increase of 26 deaths over the same period last year.</p><p>The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the increase, because the trend in recent years has been toward&nbsp;a steady decline in highway deaths.</p><p>TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the state suspects several factors are contributing to the rise in fatalities.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 16:20:59 +0000 Mike Osborne 10496 at