17th in Population, 12th in Traffic Accidents

17th in Population, 12th in Traffic Accidents

According to new statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tennessee saw a slight decrease in traffic fatalities in 2015 but still ranked 12th in the nation.

The state saw a slight dip in 2015, totaling 958 traffic fatalities compared to 963 in 2014. Of those fatalities, 252 were alcohol impaired driving fatalities, accounting for 26% of the roadway deaths in 2015.

Nationally, the country saw a 10% increase of drivers 16-20 year old involved in fatal crashes. There were also 4,067 fatalities involving large trucks, a 4.1% increase compared to 2014 and the highest total since 2008.

With the Labor Day holiday and month of September upon us, the NHTSA also notes every month except November saw an increase in fatalities last year with the highest increases coming in July and September.

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