Fatal accidents statewide decline in first half of 2011
By Sparta Live | July 11, 2011 12:00 am
Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott recently announced that the preliminary number of people killed in fatal accidents on Tennessee’s highways and roads is down 15 percent for the first six months of 2011, compared to the same time period in 2010.
The THP reports 440 fatalities in Tennessee from January 1 through June 30, 2011. That is 77 fewer than the 517 people killed in vehicle accidents during the same dates in 2010.
These figures include all vehicular fatalities in Tennessee reported by law enforcement agencies across the state.
Trott also noted the number of arrests made by state troopers for driving under the influence (DUI) has increased 30.7 percent for the first half of the year, compared to the same time period in 2010.
State troopers made 2,132 DUI arrests from January 1 through June 30, 2011. In 2010, the number of arrests made during that time was 1,631.
“There is a direct correlation between the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s increased efforts to crack down on drunk drivers and the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents on our roadways,” said Trott.
In addition to the sobriety checkpoints, the THP also regularly holds seatbelt and driver license checkpoints across the state.
In 2010, a total of 1,031 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee. Preliminary statistics indicate 289 people, or 28 percent of those fatalities, were killed in traffic crashes in 2010 that involved alcohol.
Statistics for the recent Fourth of July holiday weekend are still being calculated and will be released at a later date.
The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.
For more information, visit www.TN.Gov/safety.