|Knoxville Police Prepared for Students
Return To School
7, 2007 - Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen joined today
with Knox County School Interim Superintendent Roy Mullins in announcing
back to school traffic enforcement efforts. Knox County students return
to school on Thursday, August 9, 2007.
Chief Owen said district captains have been preparing special enforcement
measures for each school within the Knoxville city limits. The department
will carry out the specialized measures as students go to school and
return home from school.
Chief Owen said, "Every school zone will see uniformed officers
in marked vehicles patrolling the area. Officers will be aggressively
enforcing the reduced speed limits within the designated school zones."
Patrol Units, Motor Units, and School Resource Officers will be utilized
to help remind motorists to reduce their speed. The department's efforts
will continue for several weeks into the new school year.
Chief Owen said, "Children are our most precious resource. We
must do everything possible to protect the leaders of tomorrow and
we ask for the community's help by slowing down and watching out for
Motorists who are cited for speeding within a school zone can expect
to pay fines of up to $147.25. The State of Tennessee could also post
four to eight "points" on the driver's personal record.
Accumulation of twelve points can result in the suspension of driving
privileges in Tennessee.
Interim Superintendent Mullins said, "We appreciate the help
of the Knoxville Police department as we start back to school. Student
safety is our number one priority and I know it is also a number one
concern for Chief Owen."
"As we begin this new school year, traffic at many of our schools
will be a challenge. I encourage parents to give themselves a little
extra time for the first few weeks of school. We will do all we can
to help mitigate or alleviate traffic issues, but nothing goes so
far to help as a few extra minutes," said Mullins.
"We join with Superintendent Mullins in urging motorists to slow
down and exercise patience as children anxiously return for an exciting
new school year," Chief Owen concluded.
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