Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security uses different approach to crack down on deadly crashes

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is taking a different approach to address deadly crashes in the state.

Commissioner Jeff Long said in the past, the department used statistics to determine how to reduce deadly crashes.

But, since the number of traffic fatalities hasn’t decreased over the past few years, he said, it’s time for something new.

“We’ve issued many more seatbelt tickets than we ever have, but the fatality rate isn’t changed,” said Long. “So that’s why we’re redirecting our efforts to get back on these roads and watch for the key spots that we know that there are accidents and try to focus on enforcement on that and hopefully be able to reduce the fatality rate.”