Traffic Fatalities Increasing in Leon County

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Leon County's law enforcement agencies are releasing sobering numbers. Twenty three people have lost their lives on Leon County roads so far this year and traffic homicide investigators say many of those deaths didn't have to happen.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office investigated a majority of those fatal wrecks, saying more than half of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Deputies say that could've saved their lives, but it's not always the fault of the driver. Traffic investigators say in some cases it's the careless driving of others.

SGT David Frimmel with the Leon County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit said, "We can write tickets all day and give out warnings, but they still need to heed that as a warning. We're looking out for people's safety and we want them to go out there and drive carefully and be responsible drivers."

Law enforcement officials are encouraging drivers to buckle up, follow traffic laws, and not drink and drive. They're also asking motorcyclists to wear helmets.

A law passed a couple of years ago no longer requires adults to wear helmets, but Tallahassee police say they've seen motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries increase since.