Highway Patrol: Maury County, TN, Sees Increase in Fatal Traffic Crashes in 2019
MAURY COUNTY, TN. – The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Maury County, Tennessee, has seen an increase in fatal traffic crashes so far in 2019, according to an online news report from wkrn.com. Troopers said no one cause can explain the increase.
In 2018, a total of 1,050 people died in traffic accidents in the state of Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. In the first part of 2019, 170 people have died in traffic accidents in the state, Troopers say. One of the areas of Tennessee seeing an increase in road fatalities is Maury County.
Troopers say that no fatal accidents happened in Maury County by this time in 2018. Yet so far in 2019, six fatal crashes have already happened. This was the second-highest increase by county compared to 2018 in Tennessee. The highest increase was in Hamilton County, in which nine more fatal crashes have happened so far in 2019 than in the same time period last year.
Troopers say a number of things might be leading to the increase in Maury County, and it cannot be isolated to one thing happening differently.
“[T]here is no one specific reason why six people died [in Maury County],” said Lt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “There is not one causative factor — speed or distracted driving or DUI. There is not one specific reason.”
However, Troopers want to remind drivers that driving can be a dangerous activity, and they need to use their best judgment to protect themselves and others on the road.
“We all take for granted driving,” Miller said. “And that is something as Rule One we can never do. A motor vehicle is the most dangerous piece of equipment any of us will come into contact with or have control over.”
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