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Highway fatalities down in Tennessee in 2013

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Fewer people died on Tennessee roadways in 2013 than in past years, according to state officials.

The Department of Safety said 988 people died in traffic crashes in Tennessee last year. That was a nearly 3-percent drop from 2012, which saw 1,015 traffic fatalities. However, Moore County stayed the same as the previous year with only one fatality recorded in 2012 and 2013.

It was also only the fourth time in the last 50 years that vehicular fatalities dropped below 1,000. In 2011, there were 937 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, representing the lowest figure since 1963.

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said the numbers show the state still has work to do, but the numbers are proof the state is moving in the right direction.

One concern to safety officials was that pedestrian fatalities increased by 25 percent over the past year from 68 in 2012 to 85 in 2013.

According to the THP, Franklin County recorded seven fatalities in 2013 as compared to 12 the year before.

There were 10 fatalities recorded in Coffee County as compared to 12 in 2012.

Grundy County was the only one in the area that saw an increase in deaths. There were ten fatalities in 2013 as compared to four in 2012.

—Wayne Thomas, The Tullahoma News