TDOT Aims to Stop Tennessee Road Fatalities Rising Further

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 10/21/2013 3:50 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Throughout the day the message of 800 deaths has flashed over our interstates.

Jennifer Flynn, "run the numbers again. Run the numbers in comparing them to the same deaths last year, they will be doing it every weekday"

After previously running the updates once a week TDOT felt they were not having a big enough impact.

Jennifer Flynn, TDOT,"Some people say it disturbs them and that's the idea, to get people to think and to not become one of those statistics"

Tennessee Highway Patrol say more needs to be done to keep our roads safe coming up to the holiday season

Captain Jessie Brooks,"people forget that's 800 people that won't be at the Thanksgiving dinner, that wont be at Christmas, i want anyone to get to the point that it's just a number, it's not"

Brooks says they have had a successful year in clamping down on drink driving.

"Timeline when most of your people will be drinking and driving, adjusted shifts for that, we trying to have as many people as we can in areas that drunk drivers are"

The number of Tennesseans wearing seatbelts rose to 87% earlier this year but Brooks stressed it's vital to not let that number slip.

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