The Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced it will only display roadway fatality messages on the interstate overhead signs on Fridays, for now.

“We don’t want the messages to lose their effectiveness, but we still want motorists to be aware of how many people are killed in crashes,”TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said.

Flynn said the decision is flexible, however.

“If we see a disturbing trend-such as the sharp increase we saw in the first quarter of 2012-we may start running them every day,” she said.


Standard highway safety messages and notifications will continue on the overhead interstate signs as usual.

There were 1,002 deaths from car crashes in Tennessee in 2012, compared to 933 in 2011.

This article is published with permission of NewsChannel 9.