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Old 01-11-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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I will be driving from Atlanta to Pittsburgh in a few weeks and driving back to Atlanta two weeks later. It's about 650 miles one-way and close to 200 of those miles are in TN. I'll be driviing from Chattanooga toward thru Knoxville and crossing into VA near Bristol. I'll be driving on I-75N to I-40E to I-81N (crossing into VA).

Are there any speed traps or areas with a heavy police presence along my planned route that I should be aware of? I usually go 12-13mph over the limit on the interstate but I stay in the right lane as much as possible to avoid drawing attention to myself. Speeding and staying in the left lane constantly is just asking for a ticket.

Any advice for driving this route?
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Around the three exits near Cleveland just north/east of Chattanooga.

Somewhere up near Lenoir City where the speed limit drops from 70 to 65.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:42 PM
 
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Once you cross over the VA state line you better watch your speed until you cross into W Va (which isn't that far). Trust me on this. Radar detectors are illegal and they watch to see who has front license tags or not (they are required for Virginia residents) and if you don't they will pull you over for even 4 or 5 miles over if you are out of state. Once they pull you over they will say that they clocked you going 10 or 12 over.

As far as TN, there are Smokies (THP troopers) all throughout your route so take your radar detector. There aren't too many traps that you can't handle.

My son lives in Atlanta and I lived in Pittsburgh for 11 years but I am an East TN native and my stomping ground is/was right through the area you are going so I definitely know your drive.

Safe travels!

PS. You are stopping at Pal's #27 at Exit 74B at the TN/VA state line aren't you??!?!!?!?
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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Once you cross over the VA state line you better watch your speed until you cross into W Va (which isn't that far). Trust me on this. Radar detectors are illegal and they watch to see who has front license tags or not (they are required for Virginia residents) and if you don't they will pull you over for even 4 or 5 miles over if you are out of state. Once they pull you over they will say that they clocked you going 10 or 12 over.

As far as TN, there are Smokies (THP troopers) all throughout your route so take your radar detector. There aren't too many traps that you can't handle.

My son lives in Atlanta and I lived in Pittsburgh for 11 years but I am an East TN native and my stomping ground is/was right through the area you are going so I definitely know your drive.

Safe travels!

PS. You are stopping at Pal's #27 at Exit 74B at the TN/VA state line aren't you??!?!!?!?
I have never heard of Pal's until now but yeah, I'll plan grease up (my gut, not my car)! =)

I'm definitely not planning to fly but Georgia State Troopers and even County Cops won't ticket you unless you're going 15mph or more over the limit. 14mph and under are 0 point violations and they don't even appear on your MVR (so insurance doesn't find out about them either), so I drive about 12-13mph over.

I bought a new GPS-connected Laser & Radar Detector that interacts with other users and gathers data from other GPS-connected detectors that are set to allow them to auto-transmit. But I haven't used it much in Atlanta because I have no plans to go more than 15mph over the limit. Actually, I take that back somewhat, on the interstates inside the Perimeter that drop to 55mph, I go 75mph but usually that's the flow of traffic.

I also rad about radar detectors being illegal in Virgnia when I was researching which states recognize my Georgia Carry Permit. Virginia is the only one along my route that doesn't. So I'll be hiding the laser/radar detector and my Glock 26 is easy to hide. Actually, my car has one of the biggest glove boxes in the history fo cars! I could stack three 15"' laptops and they would fit and the door would close! It's a 2006 Mazda3 and the reason for my "walk-in glovebox" as I like to call it, is because of the optional pop-up Navigation system that sold in less than 3% of Mazda3s in 2006. It had a pop-up display in the center of the dash but the "brain" for it was located behind the glovebox. In the 97% of cars without it, they get to use all tht space for a glovebox. I've always wanted a false back for it, not that I plan or want to carry illegal stuff.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Volunteer State
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On most Tennessee highways, speeding is a way of life. The speed limit through southwest Knoxville (I75/I40) is (I think) 60mph. If you go this speed, you'll likely be pulled over for impeding the flow of traffic. You could be going 80 in a 70, with a trooper passing you going 85, and he'll wave as he passes you.

As long as you are going with the flow - or slightly faster - you'll be okay. And the flow on virtually every major interstate in TN is faster than the posted limit. Much faster.

But when you get into Virginia, slow the hell down! They'll bust you for 3mph over.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Also, be careful coming up 81 around Morristown. There are areas along 81 where there are numerous evergreens in the median with hidden crossings - they love to sit in those.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I agree that the general area around Morristown can be a hiding spot for smokies. Also the entrance/exit ramps at Morristown are still a bit goofy so it's a good idea to slow down right there anyway.

Virginia is serious. I don't know why they want to impede their interstates in such a fashion, but you will literally have to do the speed limit in the entire state. I got TWO speeding tickets within an HOUR of each other in Virginia, when I was young and stupid.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:36 PM
 
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Thanks for the reminder about Morristown. Exit 12 going back home (south) around Morristown is NOTORIOUS on I-40 for cops to hide up on the ramp.

I have the Escort Radar Detector and Escort Live App on my phone. I got it free when it first came out and have had it ever since. It has kept me in good shape for years. With my member name I obviously travel armed. I've never had a problem. Stay safe.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:29 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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With my member name I obviously travel armed. I've never had a problem. Stay safe.
Virginia’s concealed-handgun permits, effective Feb. 1....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a4d_story.html

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Old 01-12-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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Virginia’s concealed-handgun permits, effective Feb. 1...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a4d_story.html

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Yes (off topic), I know. There is a lot going on with that. The residents of Bristol Va/TN are just up in arms! (no pun intended). There are petitions and all sorts of things going on. There are businesses threatening to leave Virginia. I hope Mark Herring got a hefty sum for this unilateral decision since he is going to die on this sword.

For those of us that will be in VA and carrying we can apply for temporary permits.
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