Tenn. Highway Safety Office launches new ‘high crash area’ banners

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It’s a bold visual at some of Tennessee’s most dangerous roads.

‘High crash’ warning banners are part of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s newest campaign.

The newest sign is up in Hendersonville in Sumner County, along New Shackle Island Rd., just a quarter of a mile south of Long Hollow Pike.

“People are aware of it, but they can’t really see specific what roads. This is that indicator. This says this road, this is that high crash area,” said Arriale Tabson, Public Information Officer for the Tenn. Highway Safety Office.

Tabson called the campaign a new, innovative way to spread awareness of these high-risk zones.

These roads include near the entrance of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Sumner County, Highway 70 West at McMinnville city limits, and I-40 near exit 317 in Cumberland County.

Tabson told News 2 the banner locations are based on the Safety Office’s analytics program that predicts where crashes are going to occur.

According to the Safety Office, 412 people have died so far from traffic crashes this year, a 12-percent decrease from 2017.

Sumner County, already experiencing 5 traffic-related deaths so far in 2018.

Tune in to News 2 at 10 on Wednesday as Linda Ong catches up with the Sumner County Chief Deputy to look into the common threads behind those crashes and what officers will be doing to keep drivers safe on the roads.

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