The Austin Police Department just announced the 47th and 48th traffic fatalities of the year. This time last year, there had been 58 traffic deaths reported in Austin. It's a decrease of about 20 percent.
The 47th fatality was a 76-year-old man who crossed the center line while driving down Anderson Mill Road and smashed into another vehicle just after 4 pm yesterday. Police don't believe alcohol or speed was a factor.