According to Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons traffic fatalities are down for Northeast Tennessee. Commissioner Bill Gibbons says area fatalities are down 16-percent from 2012. Gibbons says that seat-belt usage and enforcement is a major factor in the decline of deaths. Another reason cited by Gibbons are the various traffic safety enforcement projects like the no refuse DUI checks during major holiday travel times. Gibbons says the Department of Safety plans to initiate more proactive measures to keep the fatality numbers declining.