The Cookeville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol — which includes Cumberland County — is one of two trooper districts in the state that experienced a drop in traffic fatalities in 2013, according to Chris Shrum, Cumberland region of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
The preliminary report shows that Cumberland led the Cookeville district with a reduction of five fatalities from the year before. In 2012, Cumberland had 15 highway deaths, and in 2013 ten were recorded by the patrol. Smith County had the highest increase in traffic deaths, from three in 2012 to eight in 2013.
The Chattanooga District had the largest decrease in the state, with Bradley County having the largest decrease of any county in the state at minus 16.
Grundy County had the greatest increase in the region at six more traffic deaths in 2013 than reported in 2012.
Statewide traffic deaths are down 27 fatal crashes and under 1,000 for only the third time in 50 years.
Final statistics will be released at a later date, Shrum said.