May 26, 2005 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today announced traffic enforcement
measures for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. The special traffic
enforcement campaign will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2005
and conclude at Midnight on Monday, May 30, 2005.
Owen said throughout the eighty-hour enforcement period, officers
will focus on motorists who are speeding, driving recklessly, or who
are driving while impaired. Officers will also cite motorists who
are driving while unrestrained.
Chief Owen said, "We want to make certain that motorists and
their passengers are safe as we kickoff the official beginning of
the summer driving season. To accomplish this goal, our officers will
be out in force looking for drivers who choose to disobey traffic
This Memorial Day weekend will be the first holiday travel period
to incorporate TDOT's SMARTWAY program. Through the manned transportation
management system, travel delays should be kept to a minimum.
During the 2004 Memorial Day traffic enforcement campaign, officers
issued 945 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated 65
auto crashes with 17 of those resulting in injuries. The last fatality
recorded during the Memorial Day holiday weekend occurred in 2001.
Chief Owen said, "The department has been very successful in previous
holiday traffic campaigns. Our officers will continue with their mission
to make the streets of Knoxville as safe as possible for residents
and visitors traveling through our city."
"We do urge motorists to do their part by slowing down, buckling
their seatbelt and by not driving while impaired," said Chief