NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported fatal crashes were down significantly on Tennessee roadways over the Labor Day holiday.
There were only five deaths this year compared to 14 in 2015.
“During that time, one significant stat we point out, there were no alcohol-related crashes that involved a fatality in 2016 Labor Day Holiday,” said THP Lieutenant Bill Miller.
What we contribute that to is just a strong commitment by the Tennessee Highway Patrol to reduce DUIs, to remove a drunk driver from the highway before he or she actually has a crash and injures somebody or kills somebody,” Miller added.
Despite the decrease over the Labor Day holiday, overall fatalities are up from last year.