TDOT utilizes signs to remind drivers to use caution

TDOT utilizes signs to remind drivers to use caution (Image 1)

Mid-State drivers have seen the signs along the interstate all month and will continue to see the billboards through the summer months with messages urging drivers to use caution.

The billboards provide safety reminders along with a fatality county of car and motorcycle accidents.  The numbers are tracked by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

When Nashville's News 2 first reported on the TDOT signs in April, there were 288 fatalities on Tennessee roadways for 2012, 27 more than in 2011.

After more than a month of posting the stats on message boards across the state, the fatality numbers continue to increase.

The message boards didn't go up until the end of April.

As of Friday, there have been 361 fatalities on Tennessee roadways in 2012, 39 more than last year.

Of the 361 fatalities this year, nearly half were not wearing seatbelts.

The spike in Tennessee roadway fatalities is unacceptable, according to several state agencies.

Those with the department of safety and TDOT want drivers to think twice about distracted driving.  Using your cell phone or texting is discouraged along with aggressive driving.

TDOT officials also urge motorists to wear their seatbelts.

According to TDOT's Web site, fatality numbers increased about 30% in March compared with 2011. In April, the numbers dropped dramatically from 87 in 2011 to 66 this year.

So far in May, there have been three more fatalities in 2012 than in 2011.

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