Cops announce holiday weekend traffic crackdown

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Terry Gerber has seen his share of bad crashes in 18 years behind the wheel of a tow truck. "Sometimes we go to fatal ones and have to stand around for hours and watch them extract bodies out of vehicles," he said. Gerber believes most of the crashes involve two common themes. "Most of it would be speed combined with texting and driving." Problems Knoxville cops know all too well.

That's why Knoxville police chief David Rausch called a news conference to announce a crackdown on dangerous drivers this Memorial Day weekend. "Assuring that folks are driving within the speed limit, wearing their seatbelts, and not driving impaired," Rausch said.

Several people tell Volunteer TV they agree with the action. "I think that's great. They need to do more of it," one man said.

"I think that's fine. That's what they're supposed to do," said Tom Kenny.

Police have a mixed bag of tricks to put the red light on law breaking roadsters. "They'll be marked units as well as unmarked patrol cars on the interstate and state routes."


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