According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 1,050 people died on Tennessee roadways last year.
So far this year, 170 people have died.
When you look county by county, year to date, 2018 to 2019, Maury County has seen a dramatic increase in fatalities…zero last year to six traffic deaths this year.
Only Hamilton County, which includes Chattanooga, has seen more with an increase of nine deaths.
“We all take for granted, driving. And that is something as rule one we can never do. A motor vehicle is the most dangerous piece of equipment any of us will come into contact with or have control over,” said Lt. Bill Miller with THP.
Since last spring, there have been six fatalities in Maury County.
A couple in Mt. Pleasant was killed when a police officer struck them as they were leaving their driveway, a man speeding on a motorcycle on Highway 31 slammed into a vehicle pulling out, a dump truck on I-65 blew a tire and went off the roadway, a teenager driving on Saturn Parkway struck a pedestrian who attempted to run across the road, and a woman was ejected from her SUV on James Campbell Blvd around in the city of Columbia.
THP says there is no one reason why the increase happened.
“Well there is no one specific reason why six people died, there is no one causative factor, speed or distracted driving or DUI, there is not one specific reason,” said Lt. Miller.
Of the six deaths, three were senior citizens. THP also says three were not wearing seat belts.
“We want to stress to all drivers, wear your seat belts. Because traffic crashes do not discriminate. Doesn’t matter what age you are. Whether a young teen, millennial, or a seasoned middle age driver, or a seasoned senior driver. A car crash is not forgiving in any capacity and a seat belt is the best tool regardless of age to protect yourself,” said Lt. Miller.
Maury County is in District 7, the Lawrenceburg district. That includes Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Perry and Wayne Counties. As a group, there were 23 deaths, year to date, an increase of 18, the biggest of any THP district.
If there is good news, Davidson county fatals are down year to date, from 12 to 11.
The biggest reduction was in Shelby County. The Memphis district is down 16 year to date.