20, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling
Owen today announced traffic enforcement plans for the Christmas and
New Years holidays. The Christmas holiday enforcement initiative will
begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2007 and conclude at Midnight
on Tuesday, December 25, 2007. The New Years holiday traffic campaign
will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 and conclude
at Midnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2008.
Chief Owen said the safety of motorists will be a top priority for
officers. To accomplish this goal officers will be aggressively enforcing
all traffic laws. Officers will especially be looking for motorists
who are driving under the influence, speeding, driving recklessly,
or who are driving while unrestrained.
Throughout the two enforcement campaigns, the public will see an increase
in patrols along the interstates and major arterial routes throughout
the city. These patrols are designed to reduce the speed of vehicles,
which in turn will reduce the number of collisions.
During the 2006 Christmas holiday traffic campaign, officers issued
716 traffic related citations. Twenty motorists were arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI). Officers also investigated 78
vehicle crashes with 16 of those resulting in injuries. The last
fatality to occur during the Christmas traffic enforcement reporting
period occurred in 2002.
During the 2006 - 2007 New Years holiday operation, officers issued
969 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated 72 property
damage crashes and 11 injury related crashes. Eighteen motorists
were arrested for DUI. One fatality was recorded during the extended
Mayor Haslam said, "This is an exciting time of year for kids
and adults alike. For the safety of everyone, I would urge all motorists
to exercise caution while traveling along our roadways."
Chief Owen said, "We want to make the roads as safe as possible
for both residents and visitors traveling through our area. We also
want to remind motorists to drive defensively and to be courteous
to others while sharing the road."