More Than 700 Lives Lost On Tennessee Highways In 2018

Posted at 7:30 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 20:38:19-04

Everyday someone is dying on Tennessee highways, and Tennessee Highway Patrol is saying enough is enough.

"Lots of people texting and driving, lots of people using their telephones," said Sgt. Charlie Caplinger, Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The distracted driving doesn't stop at just texting. Now drivers are getting more advanced in their multi-tasking.

"Lots of people putting on makeup. Different things that we see," said Sgt. Caplinger.

Unfortunately distracted driving is contributing to why Tennessee highways are becoming increasingly more dangerous.

"It's not only about you as a person. It's about somebody else. think about my family and somebody else' family. It's someone else' family and it effects way more other people than just yourself," said Sgt. Caplinger.

June, August and September were the most deadly months this year.

"All of our fatalities seem to be increasing in the urban areas. We just need compliance from the motoring public to see if we can finish this year off on a good note," said Sgt. Caplinger.

As of Friday afternoon 742 people have died on Tennessee highways just this year.

It's a hard pill to swallow but TPH is hoping you can do your part to make the roads a little safer, and they'll be watching just in case you need some encouragement.

"We're on the look out for you. Keep your hands on the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road and watch for that black and tan car," said Sgt. Caplinger.

Besides distracted driving, THP believes more people moving to the state, speeding, and the hotter months are contributing to the increase in intestate deaths.