COPY-Tenn putting traffic death totals on signs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is resuming putting daily traffic death totals on signs over interstates throughout the state.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman John Schrorer told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/176iGoN ) the idea is to bring the figure to the attention of everyone. The figures had been posted only on Fridays for most of the year.

Deaths have spiked in the last half of the year, with monthly totals regularly topping 2012's tallies. In the early months of the year, counts fell below the 2012 numbers.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott says there will be heightened enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers will be posted every 20 miles along Interstate 40 during peak travel times on Wednesday and Sunday of that week.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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