Deadly year on Tennessee roadways

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Labor day is the second deadliest holiday for traffic fatalities, that’s according to the NHTSA.

There were five traffic fatalities in the Tennessee Valley this weekend.

The annual average for fatal crashes in the United States is 445.

Experts say that there are multiple reasons for the holiday to be deadly for drivers.

Megan Cooper, AAA Spokeswoman says, “Speeding has become an issue as well as impaired driving and other risky behaviors like drivers not wearing their seatbelt. Whatever that reason might be, that’s not a great thing especially for us here in Tennessee. Taking a look at our fatalities just here in Tennessee, we are up over 100 year to date fatalities than we were last year.”

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office reports that there have been over 800 deadly crashes in the state this year.

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