KPD e-Press Release: K.P.D. Implores Motorists to Make Traffic Safety #1 Priority When Behind The Wheel

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Release Information

Topic K.P.D. Implores Motorists to Make Traffic Safety #1 Priority When Behind The Wheel
Date of Release September 25, 2013

2013 Fatal Crash Summary

1/15/2013

Industry Drive

Driver of vehicle was texting, crossed center line, and struck another vehicle head-on
1/18/2013

I-81 @ mile 56

Weather (snow) related, vehicle slid into path of a tractor trailer
1/29/2013

Bloomingdale @ Bloomington

Drug/alcohol impaired driver ran off road and hit culvert
3/18/2013

1500 block of Lynn Garden Drive

Drug/alcohol impaired driver ran off road and hit pole
4/14/2013

I-81 @ mile 56.8

Single vehicle lost control, ran off road, passenger ejected
5/11/2013

I-26 @ mile 1.6

Drug/alcohol impaired driver going wrong way on interstate, hit another vehicle head-on, driver of second vehicle was texting
5/24/2013

1241 Konnarock Rd.

Medical related, driver ran off road
8/7/2013

I-81 @ mile 62.2

Medical related, driver ran off road
9/14/2013

Ft. Henry Dr. @ South St.

Vehicle travelling 104 mph crossed center lane and struck another vehicle head-on
9/21/2013

Ft. Henry Dr. @ Thornton Dr.

Vehicle ran a red light and struck another vehicle in the driver’s side
9/24/2013

1528 Lynn Garden Dr.

Pedestrian stepped into path of oncoming vehicle

10 Year Fatal Crash Summary

2013 (year to date) 11 fatal crashes, 14 people killed
2012 9 fatal crashes, 9 people killed
2011 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2010 8 fatal crashes, 8 people killed
2009 5 fatal crashes, 6 people killed
2008 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2007 7 fatal crashes, 7 people killed
2006 7 fatal crashes, 8 people killed
2005 19 fatal crashes, 20 people killed
2004 15 fatal crashes, 21 people killed

General Narrative

In light of a recent surge in fatal traffic crashes, the Kingsport Police Department is asking area motorists to take notice and make traffic safety their #1 priority when behind the wheel.

While there have indeed been several fatal crashes recently, and the overall number of fatal crashes in 2013 has already exceeded the annual total from 2012, there is no discernible pattern as to cause or location.

Fatal crash numbers have consistently stayed relatively low for the past few seven years. The last time a significant spike in fatal crashes occurred was in 2004 and 2005.

So far this year, K.P.D. has responded to 11 fatal crashes in which 14 people were killed and an additional 11 people were injured.

Some statistics on these crashes are as follows:

1) Two crashes involved drivers distracted by texting.

2) Two crashes involved excessive speed.

3) Only one crash involved a vehicle running a red light.

4) Of the 14 people killed in these crashes, 6 were not wearing their seatbelt.

5) Four crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

6) Two crashes were medical related.

7) One crash involved a pedestrian.

8) Four crashes occurred on Interstate Highways.

9) Five crashes occurred on State Routes.

10) Two crashes occurred on Municipal Streets.

While the Kingsport Police Department is actively working to keep Kingsport’s roadways safe by enforcing traffic laws, it is truly the driver behind the wheel of each and every vehicle who can make the most difference.

For the remainder of 2013, and into the future, every driver is asked to make a commitment to the following:

1) Always buckle up.

2) Obey all traffic laws.

3) Don’t drive when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs that impair (including prescription drugs).

4) Avoid distractions (especially texting).

5) Make traffic safety the #1 priority when behind the wheel.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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