20, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling
Owen announced traffic enforcement plans for the Thanksgiving holiday
weekend. The specialized enforcement effort will begin at 4:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, and continue until Midnight on
Sunday, November 25, 2007.
The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the most traveled holiday
of the year. Knoxville Police Department officers will focus on
reducing the speed of motorists and removing drivers who are driving
while impaired. Motorists who are driving recklessly or who are
driving unrestrained can also expect to receive attention from officers.
Chief Owen said, "When you reduce motorists' speed you also
reduce the number of crashes that can occur. That in turn will reduce
the number of injuries and possible fatalities that could happen
if speeding was left unchecked by the officers."
During the 104 hour-long Thanksgiving enforcement campaign in
2006, officers issued 1,342 driving related citations. Out of the
1,342 citations, 61 motorists were cited for not wearing a seatbelt.
An additional 5 motorists were cited for violating the child restraint
law. One hundred and thirty-two (132) motorists were caught either
driving on a suspended license, a revoked license or driving with
no license at all. Officers also arrested 21 motorists for driving
under the influence (DUI). One fatality occurred during this time
period when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Kingston
"Our officers worked extremely hard last year to reduce the
speed of motorists and to remove those drivers who were driving
while impaired," said Chief Owen.
"This year we will be just as committed in making the streets
of Knoxville as safe as possible for all citizens during the holiday
season," Chief Owen concluded.