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Drivers Rejoice – Speed Limit Increase On I-40/I-640 in Knoxville

Motorists driving through Knoxville on I-40 and I-640 splits should be on notice that the speed limits have been modified by the Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOT).  According to a recent WVLT article, TDOT has increased the marked speed limits on I-40/I-640 splits. As Mark Nagi said, “I don’t like to make predictions, but I wouldn’t think [speed limits would be raised again] because there is so much congestion in the areas where we haven’t increased the speed limit to 70.”  Most of the changes to the speed limits will be from 55 miles per hour (m.p.h.) to 65 m.p.h.

In 2004, the speed limits were reduced to make Knoxville fall into compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  Since that time, Knoxville has reduced their omissions and are now in compliance.  The changes in speed limits are at the following locations:

  • I-40 from Mile Marker  367.8-385.2 (65 m.p.h. throughout);
  • I-40 from Mile Marker  385.2-390.2 (60 m.p.h. throughout);
  • I-40 from Mile Marker  395.7-409.7 (70 m.p.h. throughout);
  • I-640 from Mile Marker 0.0-3.6 (65 m.p.h. throughout);
  • I-640 from Mile Marker 3.6-10.6 (65 m.p.h. throughout).

Aside from being aware of the speed limit changes in Knoxville, drivers should also be aware that many arrests stem from a simple speeding ticket (or any traffic citation for that matter).  Many misdemeanor and felony charges arise from the simple act of driving over or under the speed limit.  Such criminal charges can include Driving Under the Influence; Misdemeanor Drug possession and Felony Drug possession along with many other potential charges.  If you find yourself being charged with a simple traffic violation or any criminal offense, you need a knowledgeable lawyer willing to answer all of your questions.  Please contact the lawyers at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm by phone at (865) 249-7200 or via email at our website if you find yourself in need of legal assistance. 

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Staying Alive on I-75

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is participating in a six state effort to enforce traffic laws on Interstate 75 this weekend.

I-75 , which runs through Knoxville, stretches all the way from Miami to Canada.  According to WATE-TV News in Knoxville, all six states that share I-75 will be participating in a program entitled “Staying Alive on I-75” this weekend, March 28-30, 2014.  This is part of a nationwide effort to reduce traffic fatalities.  Motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of police officers, including members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, along the I-75 corridor.  Officers will be looking for distracted drivers, those breaking traffic rules, and anyone suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).

Among the six states participating are Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan.  College basketball fans know that for these states, all roads lead to Indianapolis this weekend.  Knoxville fans headed to Indy will be driving I-75 for much of the trip.  It is important to remember to obey all traffic laws and to never get behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink.

If you do find yourself in the situation of being accused of a DUI, you should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI attorney familiar with Tennessee DUI laws.  For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights with respect to an allegation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, the lawyers at Oberman & Rice are available by calling (865) 249-7200.  You may also wish to visit for more information about the offense of driving under the influence in Tennessee.

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