Back to School Safety

The Morristown Police Department would like to remind everyone children are returning to school in Hamblen County next week. Please remember to allow additional time for travel through school zones and other congested areas or take an alternate route.

Chief Overholt stated, “Officers of the Morristown Police Department will be concentrating enforcement in school zones in both the morning and afternoon. Be aware of posted school zones and reduced speed limits in those areas particularly between 6:45 – 8:00am and 2:45 – 4:00pm.”

There is still road construction at West View Middle School, for the extension to I-81 from Merchants Greene Road. The traffic pattern will be the same as last year; first entrance is for parent drop-off/pick-up and second for bus drop-off/pick-up.

The MPD would like to remind all drivers, state law requires drivers to stop their vehicle for school buses that are stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers. Vehicles traveling in both directions must come to a complete stop unless the bus is stopped on a roadway divided by a barrier, in which case, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop. Vehicles traveling on the other side of the barrier may proceed when it is safe.

Vehicles are also required to stop for pedestrian traffic, including vehicles turning left or right. Drivers are urged to remove any distractions and devote full time and attention to operating the vehicle.

The Morristown Police Department would like to thank everyone for driving responsibly and assisting us in keeping students in Hamblen County safe.