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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Traffic deaths were down across the State of Tennessee in 2013, according to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

But in Shelby County the number of fatalities rose.

State Public Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, who was in Memphis on Friday, looked at the data and said there was a disturbing spike in fatal pedestrian crashes.

Shelby County reported 89 traffic fatalities in 2012. The numbers rose to 101 traffic deaths in 2013. There were 12 pedestrian deaths in 2012 in the county, but more than doubles at 27 in 2013.

Commissioner Gibbons said that's tough for police to enforce. Statewide the number of traffic fatalities dropped below 1,000 for only the fourth time in the last 50 years as there were 988 traffic fatalities in Tennessee in 2013.

The Department of Public Safety credits DUI enforcement and seat belt enforcement for the drop. According to the State there were 167 distracted driving deaths in 2013. Gibbons says it's tough to enforce the state's law prohibiting texting while driving.

"Frankly it is a problem from the standpoint that most law enforcement officers will tell you that it's really impossible to tell whether someone is texting or dialing a phone number or sending an e-mail," he said. "So, it's difficult to enforce. But at the present time we don't have any plans to come with any legislation on that.

"What we plan to do is to continue focusing on DUI enforcement, seat belt enforcement because we think if we can continue to impact in those areas we can continue to drive the fatality rate down."

Commissioner Gibbons said the latest traffic numbers show the State is headed in the right direction. Over the last three years impaired driving fatalities fell by more than 25 percent.
 
The Volunteer State has been using an approach to target education and enforcement efforts in areas where deadly crashes are most likely to occur.

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