|Knoxville Police Prepares For Students Return To
August 10, 2006 - Knoxville Police Chief
Sterling Owen and Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Charles Lindsey
today announced traffic enforcement plans for the start of the 2006
- 2007 school year. Knox County students will return to school for
a half-day on Friday, August 11, 2006.
Chief Owen said patrol officers, school resource officers, and motor
officers will patrol in every school zone for the first few weeks
of school. During this time the officers will strictly enforce reduced
speed limits in all school zones. These patrols will occur during
the morning as students go to school as well as in the afternoon as
students return home.
Chief Sterling Owen announces KPD's traffic enforcement plans for
the new school year
|Chief Owen said, "The safety of our children
is of paramount concern. Motorists' must take note that school is
back in session. Officers will operate on a zero tolerance policy
for motorists who fail to obey the reduced speed limits in school
During the first two weeks of school in 2005, officers issued 596
citations to motorists who disregarded the safety of our children
within school zones.
Superintendent Lindsey said, "As with anything we do, the safety
and security of our students is our primary concern, and traffic management
is one of our greatest challenges in this respect."
"I want to thank Chief Owen and all of the officers and leadership
of the Knoxville Police Department for their personal involvement
in making our school zones and city streets safer. As with anything
else we do in a school district that is bigger than most cities in
Tennessee, it takes teamwork to be successful," Dr. Lindsey concluded.
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