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Safer-at-Home leading to fewer Nashville traffic crashes and deaths

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- One silver lining to the current coronavirus health crisis is that fewer people are dying in traffic accidents on Nashville's city streets.

State officials say traffic related deaths are down more than 8 percent across Metro so far this year. With shelter-at-home orders in force since April 2, crash fatalities are down 57 percent so far over April 2019.

Vehicle crashes are also down 57 percent so far in April compared with the same month last year, and down 44 precent from the previous month.

Numbers from the city’s top trauma hospital also reflect the trend. Vanderbilt Medical Center says it’s treated 65% fewer patients with roadway related injuries so far this month compared to April 2019.

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