Holiday fatalities not alcohol-related
By Sparta Live | July 14, 2011 12:00 am
The 78-hour July 4th holiday period will go down in Tennessee history books with the lowest number of fatalities since official records have been maintained for Department of Safety.
According to Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, seven deaths occurred during the 78-hour holiday period. Six counties were affected by the crashes, with two of the fatalities occurring in neighboring Warren County. Sullivan, Polk, Knox, Hardin and Hamilton counties were the locations of the remaining six fatalities.
Three of the six fatal crashes were single-vehicle crashes; three were multiple-vehicle crashes. None of the crashes were alcohol-related.
Five of the six crashes occurred during daylight hours: 11:30 a.m., 11:57 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:04 p.m. and 7:17 p.m. The sixth fatal crash occurred at 3:40 a.m.
Three of the six fatal crashes occurred within the city limits, one in the county and two on state routes.
The seven deaths recorded for 2011 are less than half of the number logged for the 2010 holiday period, when 15 people died in traffic crashes.
Six of the people killed were vehicle occupants. Four of the five with “known restraint usage” were not wearing safety restraints. One motorcyclist was killed.
According to TDSHS, 458 people have died year-to-date on Tennessee roadways, compared to 541 for the same time period in 2010.
In White County, five people had died in traffic crashes, between Jan. 1 and July 12, 2010. For the same time period, in 2011, only one person has died.
For more information about crash statistics log onto www.tn.gov/safety/