2012 traffic fatalities up in Tennessee


Although no fatal traffic accidents were recorded in Knox County over the New Year’s Holiday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reports one fatality and an increase in the number of citations, fatalities for 2012.

The Tennessee Department of Safety recorded 1013 fatalities during 2012, up from 937 in 2011.

THP Knoxville District Sgt. Randall Martin said during the holiday period, troopers made 16 arrests for DUI, compared to nine, the previous year. There were 78 crashes involving injuries, which was 16 more than 2011-12 season. Seatbelt violations were more than double at 119 and one fatal crash this holiday period.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reported over the New Year’s holiday, 15 were arrested for DUI. One out of nine wrecks with injury involved alcohol or drugs.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office had extra patrols out over the long holiday weekend and reported no fatalities over the New Year’s Holiday Weekend. Fifteen people were arrested for DUI, and one wreck with injury involved alcohol.  There were 43 wrecks without injury and nine with injuries.  Sixty-seven people were arrested on various other charges and officers assisted 182 motorists.

The count started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 and ended Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 6 a.m.

By Wes Hall

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