The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports the number of traffic deaths on Tennessee roadways is more than six per cent higher than this time last year. Beginning in late April, TDOT began posting the number of traffic deaths on interstate message boards. Since April 28, motorists have watched the number of deaths rise from 288 to 690. TDOT officials say the signs are bringing awareness. Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott says if it brings attention to the fact that almost 1,000 people die in Tennessee every year.