Despite an increase of fatalities on Tennessee roads recently, the number of deaths recorded so far this year is down compared to 2012.
As of Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation's daily traffic fatality total is 736, which are 13 fewer deaths from this time last year.
TDOT officials say there was a spike of deaths during the summer months.
"We were really on track for the first six months of the year to have some record low numbers in terms of fatalities," TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert said.
She continued, "So the first six months of the year, we were doing really well as far as the numbers, but then over the past few months, the summer months, where people are out and about the economy has been good the weather has been great more people were on the roads it seems like there have been an increase in the number of totals compared from this year to last year."
TDOT officials attribute the decrease of fatalities on Tennessee roadways to a number of campaigns including displaying the number of deaths on overhead Dynamic Message Signs in the state's urban areas along with targeted safety messages reminding motorists to wear their seatbelts, which they say is the leading cause of death for Tennessee motorists.
The total number of highway fatalities are posted each Tuesday and Friday on overhead signs.