State Officials Announce 2018 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures
NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today announced the preliminary figures indicating the state has recorded 1,047 traffic fatalities in 2018. That’s a 2.2 percent increase in vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways compared to 2017, when there were 1,024 traffic fatalities. The 2018 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.
The number of DUI arrests in 2018 made by Tennessee state troopers decreased to 6,973, a 6.9 percent decrease over 2017. Additionally, Tennessee state troopers issued 109,055 seat belt and child restraint device citations in 2018, a 5.6 percent decrease from the 115,504 citations issued in 2017. In Tennessee, unrestrained motorists accounted for 42 percent (299) of vehicle occupants killed in 2018.
Other contributing factors in fatal crashes included speed and distracted driving, with 147 and 60 deaths, respectively. Of concern is the fact that pedestrian fatalities have increased by 11 percent over the past year from 123 in 2017 to 136 in 2018.
Below statistics only indicate THP statistics only, and not that of other agencies.
|THP Performance Measures||2017||2018|
|All Crashes Investigated||29,422||29,186|
|Injury Crashes Investigated||9,823||9,264|
|Alcohol Impaired Crashes (THP Only) *Preliminary||1,998||1,884|
|Seat Belt/CRD Citations||115,504||109,005|
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.