May 26, 2005 - Knoxville Police Department Patrol Coordinator
Captain Gordon Catlett today announced traffic enforcement plans
for the 4th of July holiday weekend. The special traffic enforcement
effort will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2005 and conclude
at Midnight on Tuesday, July 5, 2005.
Catlett said the 4th of July holiday is typically one of the busiest
travel periods of the year as families travel to and from vacation.
Knoxville residents can expect a large increase in the volume of traffic
from travelers headed to the beach or the mountains.
To help make the roads as safe as possible for all motorists, officers
will be strictly enforcing the speed limit on interstates as well
as major arterial roads throughout the city. Officers will also
focus on motorists who are driving recklessly, following too closely,
or who are driving while impaired. Officers will also cite motorists
who are driving unrestrained or who have children who are either
unrestrained or restrained improperly.
Captain Catlett said, "In addition to Directed Patrols and
Saturation Patrols, the department will utilize SMART Units throughout
the city to remind drivers to check their speed. By slowing down,
increasing the following distance between your car and the one in
front of you, and by wearing your seat belt, drivers greatly reduce
their likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle crash."
During the 2004 July 4th holiday enforcement campaign, officers
issued 956 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated
49 vehicle crashes with 7 of those resulting in injuries. The last
fatality to be recorded during a 4th of July holiday occurred in
Chief Owen said, "We want this extended holiday weekend to
be as safe as possible for every resident or visitor to Knoxville.
To accomplish this goal, our officers will be vigilant in citing
motorists who are endangering not only their life, but the lives
of other citizens."