Thursday the Tennessee Highway Safety Office promotes the 19th annual celebration of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day,” a national campaign to unite the country in achieving one full-day of zero traffic deaths.
“The loss of one life is too many,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “We ask all Tennesseans to put the brakes on this issue through voluntary compliance. This means wearing seat belts, driving sober and avoiding distractions like texting while driving.”
According to Tennessee's Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), there have been 861 traffic fatalities statewide in 2019. This time last year, there were 806.
The THSO offers the following safe driving tips:
• Ensure your teen driver follows the Tennessee Graduated Driver License Laws.
• Make sure to buckle up, and properly restrain all child passengers.
• Watch for pedestrians at busy intersections.
• Obey all speed limits, especially in work zones and school zones.
• Always drive “hands free” according to Tennessee’s Hands Free Law.
• Share the road with bicyclists and motorcyclists.
• Never drive drowsy.
• Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.