NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee has hit a sobering record that no one wanted to reach. The number of people who've died on Tennessee roads this year has reached more than 500.
On Friday, the official count stood at 508. Fifteen of those death happened last weekend. The Department of Safety says this same time last year, the count was at 477.
That makes this year's number a 6.5% increase over last year fatality numbers. Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol have posted the number of deaths on message boards over the interstates all in hopes of making people more aware of dangerous driving.