State Officials Announce 2018 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 | 09:38am

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
DUI Arrests 7,492 6,973
Total Citations 473,240 483,441
Seat Belt/CRD Citations 115,504 109,005
CMV Inspections 70,544 77,852

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.