New Years often deadly on Tennessee highways

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2009-2010
NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY 6 PM, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009 – 11:59 PM, SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2010 78-HOUR HOLIDAY PERIOD

In Tennessee, there were 11 fatal crashes resulting in 13 deaths, yielding a fatality rate of one death per six hours.
9 crashes were single vehicle crashes; 2 were multiple vehicle crashes. Four of the fatalities (27%) occurred in alcohol-related crashes.
Eleven of the fatalities were vehicle occupants.
• Seven of the eleven (64%) were not wearing safety restraints.
• One child passenger requiring a child restraint device was killed. A child restraint device was not used.
Two pedestrians were killed.
FATALITY LOG DAY TIME COUNTY HIGHWAY NUMBER KILLED ALCOHOL RELATED
1. Thursday 18:45 DEKALB SR 1 Yes
2. Thursday 18:53 MACON County Road 1 No
3. Thursday 21:00 GREENE County Road 1 No
4. Thursday 23:14 SHELBY Interstate 1 No 5.
Friday 02:47 MADISON County Road 1 No
6. Friday 03:24 WILSON City Street 1 Yes
7. Friday 03:44 SUMNER SR 1 Yes
8. Friday 10:06 MONROE Interstate 1 No
9. Friday 20:29 HAYWOOD City Street 1 Yes
10. Friday 20:33 SULLIVAN County Road 1 No
11. Sunday 03:57 MCMINN Interstate 3 No

HIGHEST DEATHS
During the 78-hour 1970-71 New Year’s holiday period, 19 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes yielding a fatality rate of one death per 4.1 hours.

LOWEST DEATHS
During the 78-hour 1982-83 New Year’s holiday period, 8 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes yielding a fatality rate of one death per 9.8 hours.

Results of traffic enforcement over the 2010-2011 New Years Holiday weekend statewide for Tennessee