Traffic Enforcement Strong This Weekend

Knoxville (WVLT) - If you plan to hit the road this Memorial Day holiday, you'll have to share the blacktop with more than 38 million of your closest friends. That's how many people AAA says will drive the nation's highways.

As Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy tells us, law enforcement officers have their eyes and radar guns ready.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says they always enforce the law, but I spent just a few hours on the road with them and saw three motorists pulled over in less than two miles.

So deputies, Highway Patrol troopers, and Knoxville Police officers are out this weekend, but they say they're not out to get you. They're out to help you.

It's bumpy start for the Sanchez family's Memorial Day weekend.

"The tire just went crazy and we had to pull over," Pamola Sanchez said.

At more than 50 miles and hour, the traffic just feet away scared her.
That is, until Deputy Chris Olson, arrived.

"It made me feel a lot safer because I knew he couldn't let anything happen and let us get through the problem," Sanchez said.

Behind the wheel of his cruiser, that's why Olson says officers take this weekend so seriously.

"Our job is to help these people protect themselves and part of that's through enforcements," Olson said.

And that means.

"Looking for erratic drivers, looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, unsafe drivers and drunk drivers," Olson said.

Not wearing her seat belt gave this driver some one-on-one time with Deputy Olson. She just got a warning.

"All of our families are out here on the streets this weekend, and nobody wants to see their family get hurt," Olson said.

That means a ticket, if needed.

"Part of our job in assisting them and protecting them is keeping traffic incidents down through enforcement," Olson said.

And Olson has a helping hand, or should I say paw. Meet his partner Cezar.

"His job is to basically back me up and to assist me in dealing with people who don't want to cooperate," Olson said.

Both ready for whatever comes this weekend. Both ready to help.

"That's really why most people get into this job, to get out and help people," Olson said.

Exactly what Sanchez says he did for her family.

"They're doing their job. But they actually do help make things safer," Sanchez said.

And that's the goal for this holiday weekend. Deputy Oslon asks if you see you any officer pulled over the side of the road, please slow down and change lanes. That way, he and his fellow deputies can have a safe place to keep you safe.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

  • by Judy Location: Tennessee on May 26, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    clean this Meth and Drinking an etc up and the Roads it will be safe or better than what they are now.get them off the rd, they kill good people. and if i have to pay insurence everyone should pay for some insurance or pay the price. take car and licence away for awhile like one year or so. the meth and drugs let them spend time in the pen for a while. thanks Judy


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2015 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7696847 -
Gray Television, Inc.