Traffic fatalities in Tennessee have dramatically increased this year compared to last year with law enforcement agencies across the region taking a proactive approach in an effort to reduce the numbers.
Since January, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that there were 531 fatal wrecks, compared to a total of 493 last year.
THP’s latest figures also show 74 motorcyclists have died on state roadways, compared to a total of 64 deaths during the same time period last year.
409 out of the 531 fatal wrecks this year involved passenger vehicles.
In Clarksville, Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says the number of fatalities that occurred this year are about to exceed last year’s numbers.