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Tennessee Highway Fatalities

"It's my hope that seeing this number will be a sobering reminder to all motorists and will help change the behaviors that contribute to these deadly crashes." Commissioner John Schroer

Photo of highway message sign with Tennessee Highway Fatalities.
Photo, Oct. 25, 2013

Tennessee Fatalities
May 21, 2015 (YTD)


Tennessee Fatalities
May 21, 2014 (YTD)


Why TDOT posts fatality numbers on the
Interstate Dynamic Message Signs and what does it mean?

In April 2012, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to post fatality numbers daily on its Dynamic Message Signs (DMS).  This decision was made by TDOT officials after seeing a sharp increase in fatalities in the first quarter of 2012 over the same period in 2011. TDOT hoped by raising the public’s awareness, a positive impact on drivers’ behaviors could reverse the current trend. By the end of 2012, the rate of fatalities had slowed and Tennessee ended the year with 1,015 fatalities

Beginning in January 2013, TDOT decided to post the fatality numbers only on Fridays. However, by October, approximately 800 people died on Tennessee roadways, which is the same number of fatalities recorded in October 2012. In an October news conference with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Commissioner Schroer announced that TDOT would again post fatality numbers daily.

What does the information on the DMS represent? YTD stands for year-to-date. This is the total number of fatalities as of that day in 2015 and the total number of fatalities as of the same day in 2014.

Related Links
Daily Fatality Report:
News Conference on Fatalities:
Governor’s Highway Safety Office: