Preliminary reports show that three people were killed in Tennessee traffic accidents over the Labor Day weekend. That may be the fewest deaths on record for the state.
Previously, the six deaths reported during the Labor Day period in 1962 was the lowest number of fatalities reported.
The Tennessee Department of Safety released preliminary reports Tuesday that indicated that three people were killed in three separate crashes over the holiday weekend, which started at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and ran through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6.
This year’s preliminary number also indicates a drop from nine fatalities in nine fatal crashes last year.
During the 78-hour holiday period, all three fatal crashes were in single vehicle crashes. Two of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes.
The three fatalities included one vehicle occupant who was not wearing safety restraints in Greene County, one motorcyclist in Sevier County who was wearing a helmet and one pedestrian in Shelby County.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted more than 70 driver license and sobriety checkpoints throughout the state during this holiday weekend.
The highest number of people killed in Tennessee during a Labor Day holiday weekend occurred in 1974 when 27 people died in crashes during a 78-hour holiday period.
Statistical data for the Labor Day holiday weekend is preliminary and subject to change due to some delays in reporting.