KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch announced traffic enforcement plans for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The special enforcement effort will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, and conclude at Midnight on Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Chief Rausch said officers will focus on motorists who are speeding, following too closely, or who are driving recklessly. Motorists who decide to drive under the influence will be arrested and will go to jail.
“Our officers have worked to reduce the number of vehicle crashes this year by aggressively focusing their efforts on speeding motorists," said Chief David Rausch, KPD. "These efforts will continue throughout the extended holiday weekend.”
In addition to saturation patrols that will be in place along the interstate system, officers will utilize directed patrols along the major arterial routes throughout the city. These routes will see a significant increase in traffic on Friday as the Christmas shopping season officially begins.
“We urge all motorists to exercise extreme caution near major shopping centers. Be patient and watch out for pedestrians in shopping development parking lots,” Chief Rausch said.
“By slowing down and paying close attention to your surroundings, you greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident,” Chief Rausch concluded.