Local

Traffic deaths in Tenn. down in 2013 to 988

Traffic deaths in Tenn. down in 2013 to 988

Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show the state had 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. /ClarksvilleNow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show the state had 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. That’s only the fourth time in 50 years the number has dipped under 1,000.

The 2013 number is a more-than-2 percent decrease from 2012, when there were 1,015 traffic deaths.

In 2011, there were 937 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, the lowest figure since 1963.

In a written statement, Commissioner Bill Gibbons attributed the decline in fatalities to a focus on data-driven deployment of state troopers to have the maximum impact on DUI and seat belt violations.

Between 2010 and 2013, impaired driving fatalities fell more than 26 percent in Tennessee. Over the same period, state troopers increased the number of DUI arrests by more than 90 percent.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

Fresh
Police-Lights-Night (1)

1 hour ago in Crime, News

Suspect in stabbing at local restaurant apprehended

Terry Malone arrested for aggravated assault.

cmcss

yesterday in Education

CMCSS to destroy outdated special education records

Those who wish to pick up records for students born in 1988 or before must do so by March 1.

mobile-pantry

yesterday in News

Mobile pantry to offer food boxes for those in need

Those who need assistance can visit Burt Elementary School Saturday.