December 21, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor
Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen today announced traffic
enforcement plans for the Christmas and New Years holiday weekends.
The Christmas holiday traffic enforcement effort will begin at 4:00
p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2006 and conclude at Midnight on Monday,
December 25, 2006. The New Years holiday traffic enforcement campaign
will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2006 and conclude
at Midnight on Monday, January 1, 2007.
Owen said that throughout both holiday enforcement operations, officers
will focus on drivers who are speeding, driving recklessly, or who
may be driving while impaired. Officers will center much of their
enforcement efforts on the major arterial routes that run throughout
the city along with motorists utilizing the interstates. A sobriety
checkpoint will also be conducted during the New Year's holiday
weekend by members of the East District.
Chief Owen said, "The goal of our traffic enforcement efforts
will be to reduce the speed of motorists. By accomplishing that
goal, we will reduce the opportunities for motorists to be involved
in a serious or fatal crash."
During the 2005 Christmas holiday traffic enforcement operation,
officers issued 611 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated
55 non-injury vehicle crashes and 15 injury vehicle crashes. The
last fatality to be recorded during the Christmas traffic enforcement
campaign occurred in 2002.
During the 2005 - 2006 News Years traffic enforcement campaign,
officers issued 1,255 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated
72 vehicle crashes. Twelve of these crashes resulted in personal
injuries. A single fatality crash also occurred during this time
Chief Owen said, "This is an extremely busy time of the year
for families. Drivers can easily be distracted due to the many holiday
related activities. We urge every motorist to slow down, increase
the following distance between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead
of them, and please do not drive while impaired."