(WBIR - Knoxville) According to THP, there has been a major drop in the number of road fatalities in the state of Tennessee.
State officials say there have been 77 fewer traffic deaths this year in comparison to the same time last year. Over the years, THP said it has tried to decrease fatalities statewide by eliminating dangerous tendencies on the roads.
For example, over the last year, troopers have handed out more seatbelt citations. At the same time, the number of people who died without wearing a seatbelt decreased by 30 percent.
The numbers for Knox County have been positive too.
Knox County has seen eight less fatalities so far. Hamilton and Shelby counties have also seen decreases.
THP Sergeant Randall Martin said agencies here just work well together.
"That accounts for a lot, if you're working together for one common goal, that's to make a safer road and save lives, that's what's going to happen," he said.
Davidson County, where Nashville is located, only saw fatalities decrease by two. Sergeant Martin said THP has also increased patrols to find drunk drivers. Deputies are seeking them out at specific times.
"We're using the data we're getting through arrests and through crashes, on where there's peak times and peak days throughout the week (for drunk drivers)," he said.
Martin added Wednesday evenings seem to be a peak time in Knox County.
THP data also shows more people don't to drink and drive. The number of alcohol-related crashes investigated by the agency has decreased by more than 10 percent.
The number of teens and motorcyclists killed in accidents is also down.
Last year, there was an uptick in the number of fatal crashes seen in the state. But, Martin said due to numerous factors like weather and personnel, it is still a bit premature to know the reason behind this year's trend.