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Beginning of School Year

Posted August 1, 2017

Area students will return to school on Wednesday, August 16, causing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to increase significantly. The flashing yellow school zone lights, indicating the presence of school children around schools, are being activated to remind drivers that the school year is about to begin.

Please take note of the following recommendations from the Sevierville Police Department:

*         Arrive at least one-half hour early for the first two weeks;
*         Allow extra driving time during the morning and afternoon hours. Traffic will be extremely heavy around the school areas. Please exercise patience and remember there will be new students and parents who are unfamiliar with the process of dropping children off and picking them up;
*         There will be many young children walking in and near school zones. Watch for children running between cars and into the street unexpectedly; and
*         Note that there will be additional officers on duty to ensure the safety of children and drivers in and around school zones for the next several weeks.  Traffic laws and school zone speed limits will be strictly enforced.
*         All local traffic will be heavier than normal, so even drivers who will not be near a school zone should allow extra driving time during the morning and afternoon hours.

"The overall goal is to get our children to and from school safely. Please help us keep our children safe by following the school zone traffic laws," said Sevierville Police Chief Don Myers.