Traffic Deaths in Tennessee Are Way Below That of 2012

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that deaths in traffic accidents are significant’y lower in 2013 than they were at this point in the year in 2012.

By this date last year, 458 people in Tennessee had died from traffic related accidents.  This year, 388 people have died, a drop of 70 people.

Motorcycle deaths are down 25%, from 60 to 45.  Bicyclist deaths are down almost 50%, from 7 to 4.

One troubling fact is that pedestrian deaths have increased by over 30%, from  20 to 38.

Please use care on the roadway this summer.  Wear your seat belt, drive at a speed safe for the conditions, and carefully limit your alcohol consumption if you are going to operate a vehicle.