Anderson County had the greatest reduction in traffic fatalities of any county in Tennessee in 2015, an official said Friday.
In 2014, there were 18 traffic fatalities in Anderson County, District Attorney General Dave Clark said. In 2015, that number dropped to seven, according to statistics maintained by the Tennessee Department of Safety.
“That difference of 11 fewer deaths in Anderson County was the greatest reduction of any Tennessee county,” Clark said.
“The traffic fatality improvements this past year represent 11 people who did not die on our roadways and 11 groups of friends and families who are not grieving this year,” Clark said. “We see the human cost of the deaths on our highways and the utter despair and shock of a family that has suddenly lost someone as the result of a traffic fatality. Therefore, I am particularly pleased with this accomplishment and what it has meant to our community.
“Some of this reduction is attributable to deliberate efforts of police agencies and prosecutors who work every day to make our streets safer by detecting, deterring, and prosecuting impaired driving. In addition, it must be acknowledged that we had a particularly unfortunate year in 2014 and fortunate year in 2015.”
Clark said he is grateful to the law enforcement community, his staff, the courts, and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for helping make cities and the county better and safer places to live.
“We will continue our efforts to discourage impaired or distracted driving and encourage the use of seat belts,” Clark said.
He said the traffic death toll was down across Tennessee in 2015. There were 906 people killed in 2015 on Tennessee highways. The number for 2014 was 939.
That means 33 fewer people died on Tennessee roads in 2015. One-third of the statewide reduction occurred in Anderson County and its cities, Clark said.
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