Fatalities on Tennessee Roads in 2012

Deaths on Tennessee roads increased in 2012 over a year earlier.  Here is some of the key statistics as gathered by the Tennessee Department of Safety:

  • Total fatalities – 1022, up 85 from 2011
  • Teen driver involved in death – 115
  • Senior driver involved in death – 190
  • Rural deaths – 542
  • Urban deaths – 480
  • Pedestrians – 67
  • Large Truck Involved – 102
  • Bus Involved – 8
  • Motorcyclists – 139
  • ATV rider – 10 

Is this number of deaths an anomaly?  Unfortunately, it appears that they are not.  The death rate for January 2013 is 6 people higher than it was in January 2012.

Don’t become a statistic.  Wear a seat belt.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t text and drive.  Drive defensively.  Stay within the speed limit, reducing your speed in when required by traffic or weather.