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Roadway fatalities surpass 1,000 in state

Roadway fatalities surpass 1,000 in state
From AP, staff reports
Tennessee has surpassed a thousand highway fatalities for the year, which is a large increase from the drop seen in 2011.
Obion County has seen 12 vehicle fatalities this year. The county’s first fatal crash of the year was a triple fatality near Hornbeak in early January.
Safety officials say a messaging campaign helped to keep the number from climbing even higher.
Two digital signs bearing the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement message were stationed on roadways in Obion County — one on U.S. 51 between Troy and Union City and one on Main Street in downtown Hornbeak — with the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Transportation in July.
For the first three months of the year, the number of deaths on Tennessee roadways was on track to approach an all-time high, WPLN-FM reported ( The Department of Transportation in April put a running tally of the fatalities on 150 digital signs around the state, along with public safety messages.
Kendell Poole, who directs the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, says the number of fatalities has been flat since then.
Obion County’s last traffic fatality for this year came in early October when a 4-year-old boy died as the result of injuries in a one-car crash on the Ken-Tenn Highway near South Fulton.
The number of highway deaths in 2012 increased by about 70 compared to 2011, but is still well below the 1,300 deaths that occurred in 2004. Published in The Messenger 12.31.12