NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – New technology is turning into a legitimate life-saver for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
What troopers are now doing has never been done before. What they’re doing could give anyone a second chance.
Colonel Tracy Trott calls it predictive analytics. It uses color-coded data to predict the future and prevent highway deaths.
“A supervisor on a local level can look at his county, look at the heat map, and decide where the hot areas are and look at the time frames when you have the highest possibility,” Trott explained.
On a more simplified level, troopers can look at maps based on crash history, maps, and things like big events.
The models rate certain areas by color to determine the highest accident risk. It can even predict the time of day when there’s a greater risk.
Troopers will then deploy to the area and use their basic traffic enforcement skills to help lower the chance of a tragedy.
“No other state that we know of has taken a predictive analytics model and applied it to traffic safety,” Col. Trott told News 2.
Tennessee has been using it, and accidents are down 7 percent. Four of the last five years have been the safest on state roads since 1963.
“We think the public and citizens of Tennessee are seeing the benefit,” Trott added.
This year to date, there have been nearly 40 fewer deaths in Tennessee.