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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — More than 750,000 Tennesseans will be on the roadways over the holiday period, according to AAA estimates.

To help ease Fourth of July congestion, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes from noon today through 6 a.m. Friday.

Tennessee law enforcement is cracking down on drunken driving during this week with the state's first-ever "no refusal" campaign.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highway deaths in 2011 stayed below 1,000 for just the third time in 48 years.

Preliminary figures released by the Tennessee Department of Safety show the state had 947 traffic-related deaths last year. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, that could make 2011 the safest year on Tennessee roads in nearly a half century.

Last year's preliminary figure is six more than the total in 1963, when the state was less populated and fewer cars were on the road.