Traffic fatality figures and highway safety plan released

The Texas Department of Safety keeps meticulous records about the number of traffic fatalities that happen in Tennessee each year. Part of the reason for that is the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets and what their current level of safety is. The other part of the reason for maintaining those records is so those responsible for lowering traffic fatalities can have a basis for planning changes.

The traffic fatality numbers for 2014, with numbers on vehicular deaths from all Tennessee law enforcement agencies, indicate that the total for 2014 was 961. That is the second-lowest number of vehicular deaths in a year since 1963. It represents the fifth time that annual fatalities have gone below 1,000 in the past five decades. Compared to 995 traffic-related deaths in 2013, it is a 3.4 percent decrease.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner expressed a commitment to continue the downward trend. He said that he and the Department of Transportation Commissioner are both committed to deploying all necessary resources in order to lower traffic fatalities still further in 2015.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer credited the improved figures to the combination of DUI enforcement and seat belt enforcement. DUI enforcement has seen a notable increase, with 2,000 more individuals being arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2014 than were arrested on the same basis in 2013. Since 2010, the number of DUI arrests has gone up 149 percent.

The state’s continued efforts to reduce the number of annual vehicular deaths is admirable, and are showing their value in the number of lives protected. Still, there are individuals hurt and killed in Tennessee car accidents each year, and every life matters. If you have been affected by a car accident, an attorney can help you.

Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, “State Officials Announce 2014 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures, Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015” Jan. 06, 2015