Preliminary report shows drop in deadly holiday crashes
The Tennessee Department of Safety announced today preliminary
reports indicate six people were killed in six fatal
crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 2009 Labor Day holiday,
compared to 12 fatalities last year in 10 fatal crashes.
The 2009 Labor Day holiday period started at 6:00 p.m. on
Friday, September 4, 2009, and ran through 11:59 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 7, 2009.
During the 78-hour holiday period, all six fatal crashes were
in single vehicle crashes. Two of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-
related crashes. Last year, none of the 12 fatalities occurred
in crashes where alcohol was involved. Five of the
people killed were vehicle occupants and three of the five were
not wearing safety restraints.
This year, one of the victims was a motorcyclist. This is a
decrease from last year, when five motorcyclists were killed
during the long holiday weekend.
The THP participated in numerous special enforcement initiatives
aimed at reducing fatalities during the Labor Day
weekend, including more than 80 driver license and sobriety
checkpoints, saturation patrols and speed enforcement.