Fatal accidents down statewide

By Andrew Alexander

Fatal accidents down statewide

Source: Tennessee Department of Safety. Graphic courtesy of nces.ed.gov.

A report provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety states that numbers of fatal car accidents in the state have decreased slightly from the numbers at this time last year.

McNairy County, on the other hand, has reported six fatal car accidents for 2011, which is the exact same total from this time in 2010.

McNairy County lies in District 8 along with Benton, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Gibson, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Madison, and Weakley counties.

While numbers have decreased statewide, the numbers in District 8 for 2011 have increased by three, totaling 49 traffic fatalities as opposed to 46 fatalities at this time in 2010.

Despite District 8’s lack of improvement, the state as a whole has seen 88 fewer traffic-related fatalities in 2011 with the number for the entire state totaling 451.

Last year, at this time, there had been 539 reported fatal automobile accidents. 

Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol attributes the decrease in vehicular fatalities to several new approaches taken by the THP.

“There was a need for a stronger D.U.I. enforcement program,” said Col. Trott, “and those efforts have paid off.”

Trott said there has been a 31 percent increase in D.U.I. arrests across the state. He also attributed fatal accidents decreasing across the state to an increase in educational programs, and the fact that 87 percent of drivers in the state are wearing their seat belts.

Another note highlighted by Trott was the fact that only six automobile related fatalities were reported over the July 4 weekend, and none of those were connected to drunk drivers. Last year there were 15.