Zero traffic fatalities in Pickett County in last two years
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security recently announced the lowest number of traffic deaths across the state in 49 years. Some area counties saw a decrease in fatalities in 2011 as well.
Jackson County and Pickett County has not experienced a traffic fatality in two years. Governorâ€™s Highway Safety Office liaison Clint Shrum explained, â€śThese decreases are a result of local law enforcement spreading the message of highway safety and driverâ€™s taking the message seriously.â€ť Additionally, numbers show that Tennessee had 24 fewer motorcycle fatalities in 2011 with 114 as opposed to 138 in 2010.
â€˘Fentress County down two fatalities â€“ lowest in three years
â€˘Overton County down two fatalities
â€˘Smith County down two fatalities â€“ lowest in four years
â€˘Macon County down three fatalities â€“ lowest in four years
â€˘Warren down three fatalities
â€˘White County down four fatalities
â€śI was honored to have been awarded the GHSO plaque for zero fatalities from 2009-2011â€ť, says Pickett County Sheriff Dana Dowdy. â€śOur office will continue to hold random sobriety checkpoints along with saturation patrols. We strive to make the roads of Pickett County safe for your family and ours.â€ť
Education and enforcement efforts will continue in 2012 in hopes of pushing the number of fatalities even lower. If present trends continue Tennessee could be below 900 fatalities in 2012.