Statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reveals that, in 2011, the state had the lowest traffic fatalities in 48 years.
A total of 947 people were killed last year in motor vehicle accidents across the state. Since 2006, all roadway deaths have dropped 26.2 percent, including declines in fatal pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, and large truck accidents.
Drunk driving arrests rose last year, but the number of drunk driving-related fatalities have dropped 31.6 percent in the past five years. However, the lack of seatbelt usage is a major factor in many of Tennessee roadways deaths. More than half of the people killed in car accidents last year were not wearing seatbelts.