August 10, 2005 - Knoxville Police Chief
Sterling Owen and Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Charles Lindsey
today urged caution to area motorists as children head back to school
after the summer break. Knox County School children will return to
Superintendent Lindsey said, "On any given school day we have
thousands of parents and over 350 school buses delivering over 53,000
students to 86 different schools. School buses in Knox County travel
over 20,000 miles everyday. That's a lot of movement - especially
when the rest of Knoxville is trying to get to work or get home
at the same time."
Chief Owen said officers will be conducting traffic patrols in each
school district within the Knoxville City limits. The patrols will
be enforce in the mornings as students make their way to school
as well as in the afternoons as the children return home.
Chief Owen said, "To prevent student injuries or deaths, officers
will be vigorously enforcing school speed limits. Every school zone
will see uniformed officers in marked and unmarked police units patrolling
Citations issued to motorists in a school zone could result in
fines of up to $147.50. In addition, the State of Tennessee will
also post four to eight "points" on the driver's personal
driving record. Accumulation of twelve points can result in the
suspension of driving privileges in Tennessee.
Chief Owen said, "Children are our most precious resource.
The community must do their part to help protect the leaders of
tomorrow. We urge motorists to slow down and exercise extreme patience
as children anxiously return for another exciting school year."
"As with anything we do, the safety and security of our students
is our paramount concern, and traffic management is one of our greatest
challenges in this respect," said Superintendent Lindsey.
"We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the city and
the Knoxville Police Department in helping us get all of our students
to school and back home safely," Dr. Lindsey concluded.