Tennessee traffic deaths down in 2007 and still dropping - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee traffic deaths down in 2007 and still dropping

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Preliminary records show Tennessee's traffic deaths in 2007 dropped by 6 percent to 1,210, the fewest since 2003.

A separate daily count shows road deaths are still declining.

Records described by the Tennessee Department of Safety as preliminary show 77 fewer than the 1,287 road deaths the previous year.

The total is the lowest since 2003, when Tennessee had 1,193 traffic deaths, records show.       A year-to-date count through May 29 shows 370 traffic fatalities, which is 77 fewer than the count for the same period last year.

The director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, Kendell Poole, said the drop is partly due to stepped-up enforcement and promotional campaigns such as "Booze It and Lose It" and "Click It or Ticket.

 

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