KPD to add additional patrol officer to Chapman Highway

KPD to add additional patrol officer to Chapman Highway

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Billy Williams and his wife sit outside their home nearly every day to watch the traffic go by on Chapman Highway. Billy Williams and his wife sit outside their home nearly every day to watch the traffic go by on Chapman Highway.
Knoxville police are now adding an additional patrol officer to the highway after two deadly car crashes this week. This is on top of the two other officers they already have on patrol. Knoxville police are now adding an additional patrol officer to the highway after two deadly car crashes this week. This is on top of the two other officers they already have on patrol.
Neighbors living by the highway say another officer could be the key to keeping people safe. Neighbors living by the highway say another officer could be the key to keeping people safe.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After two recent deadly crashes on Chapman Highway, Knoxville police will be adding another patrol officer to the route. The new officer will be in addition to the two patrols the department already has on the highway. 

This coming after two accidents within a 24-hour period.  On Wednesday a 74-year-old woman was killed.  On Thursday, a 68-year-old woman was killed.

Billy Williams and his wife sit outside their home nearly every day to watch the traffic go by on Chapman Highway. After 12 years of living in the area, Williams says he's seen nearly everything.

"We watch the dag gone traffic go up and down. It's a wonder there hasn't been a lot more," said Williams. 


Knoxville police are now adding an additional patrol officer to the highway after two deadly car crashes this week. This is on top of the two other officers they already have on patrol.

Williams says speeding is the big problem near the neighborhood. 


"They do run up Lindy here and catch the speeders and also sit in the parking lot across the street at Kay's and catch them coming down. Maybe one more would deter the speeders," said Williams. 

KPD says enforcing safety is one of their top priorities. 


"Crime suppression, traffic safety, and order maintenance, those are the three primary missions of our organization, so it's very important to us," said Sgt. Travis Brassfield. 

Neighbors living by the highway say another officer could be the key to keeping people safe. 

"Try to show some of these people that they can't fly up and down this road, you know, the way that they do and maybe they'll learn," said Michael Russell, another neighbor.  

Others like Williams say another set of eyes can only do so much. 

"To a certain degree, we've seen in the past after living here it has worked a little bit," said Williams.  


Over the last three years, Knoxville police tell 6 News there've been more than 700 collisions in their jurisdiction of Chapman Highway. Of those incidents, only a handful were deadly crashes.

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