July 4th Traffic Enforcement Plans

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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July 4th Traffic Enforcement Plans

Posted: 06/29/2006
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen today announced traffic enforcement plans for the July 4th holiday weekend.

The special enforcement effort will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2006 and conclude at Midnight on Tuesday, July 4, 2006.

Chief Owen said that during the 104-hour holiday enforcement effort, officers will focus on drivers who are speeding, driving recklessly, or who are driving while impaired. Officers will also be citing motorists who are not wearing their seat belts.

Chief Owen said, "The top two causes of crashes in Knoxville are speeding and following too closely. Our officers will work diligently to reduce the speed of motorists and to cite those that are following too closely or driving recklessly. By reducing the speed of motorists, we greatly reduce the possibility of a crash occurring that could cause injuries or even death."

The department will utilize Saturation Patrols and Directed Patrols along the interstates and the major arterial routes throughout the city. These patrols are designed to increase the safety of all motorists by reducing the number of crashes that occur due to speeding and reckless driving.
During the 2005 Fourth of July holiday enforcement effort, officers issued 1,862 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated 120 traffic crashes. Twenty-eight of those crashes resulted in injuries. The last fatality to be recorded during a July 4th holiday period occurred in 2003.

Officers also arrested 24 individuals for DUI in the 2005 enforcement campaign. The highest Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) registered a .25, which is more than three times the legal limit.
Chief Owen said, "If your going to drink this holiday weekend, then by all means have a designated driver. By doing so you could not only save your life, but the life of an innocent victim."

Mayor Haslam said, "We urge all motorists to slow down, buckle their seat belt, and please don't drink and drive."