KPD on lookout for speeders over holidays
By News Sentinel staff
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
KNOXVILLE - Officers with the Knoxville Police Department will step up patrols and focus on drivers who speed, follow too closely or drive recklessly this holiday season, Police Chief Sterling Owen announced today.
"Those three actions contribute to more crashes within the city of Knoxville than any other causation factor," Owen said during a press conference. "In addition, officers will be operating on a zero tolerance level with regard to impaired drivers."
Those caught driving under the influence will go to jail, he said.
The Christmas holiday traffic enforcement period begins 4 p.m. Thursday and ends midnight Sunday, Dec. 27. The New Year's holiday traffic enforcement effort begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, and concludes at midnight Sunday, Jan. 3.
More officers will be present along interstates and major arterial routes throughout the city to reduce the speed of vehicles, which in turn will reduce the number of crashes, Owen said.
More details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.