The holidays can be a busy time on the highways of Tennessee, and this year is no exception. Thanksgiving was expected to be one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with millions of motorists taking to the road. Despite the increased traffic volume, the Tennessee car accident total was lower than at has been in many years.
Clarksville Online reports that data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security shows there were only four fatal Tennessee car accidents over Thanksgiving weekend. This was the lowest number of traffic-related deaths over during this particular time period since 1983, when seven people were killed in traffic collisions.
Law enforcement report that none of the fatal crashes were considered drunk driving accidents, and two of the victims were wearing seatbelts.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s participation in the I-40 Challenge may have been part of the difference, considering none of the fatal accidents occurred on the Interstate during the campaign. The challenge had troopers patrolling for motorists violating speed limit, seat belt, and distracted driving laws every 20 miles along I-40.
- Slowing Down- Obey the posted speed limit—it’s there to keep you safe.
- Buckling Up- Wearing a seat belt will drastically reduce your chances of being harmed in a crash.
- Driving Defensively- Obey all traffic signals, avoid aggressive driving habits, and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.