KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — Knox County students returned to school Monday, and the Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office began enhanced enforcement of school-zone traffic laws that will continue for several days.
On the first day of enforcement, KPD said it cited more than 30 people speeding in school zones. On the second day of enforcement, KPD issued 106 citations.
Officers will be patrolling school zones during drop-off and dismissal to prevent speeding, reckless driving and distracted driving, and to look out for drivers who fail to stop for school buses, according to a release from Knox County Schools.
“Traffic safety around our school buildings is an essential part of protecting our students and employees,” said Jason Periard, Chief of the KCS Security Division. “I am grateful for the work of our law enforcement partners to make sure that motorists are driving safely and obeying all applicable traffic laws.”
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KCS said motorists should be aware of laws regarding school buses that are loading or unloading students.
“It’s important to know the rules of the road when it comes to bus safety,” said Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas. “Make sure to look out for buses that are picking up or dropping off students, and remember that students may not be paying attention to their surroundings.”
As the new year begins, motorists should also remember that school zone speed limits are back in effect.
“School traffic laws are designed to protect our children,” said Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler. “As a new school year begins, I would ask all drivers to slow down in school zones. The extra time it takes to drive safely is a small price to pay for the safety and well-being of our children.”