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Roane bucks trend, road fatalities are down in 2012

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By Damon Lawrence

Nine people died in traffic accidents in Roane County last year compared to 12 in 2011. That trend didn’t play out across the state.
According to statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety, 1,013 died on the road last year, compared to  937 the year before.
“The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to place an emphasis on  seat belt and DUI enforcement, such as No Refusal, to address this increase,” said Dalya Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol District 1 also saw an increase in traffic deaths.
Last year’s total was 160 compared to 147 in 2011. 
Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties make up District 1.