Speed limits lowered on Knoxville interstates to reduce emissions
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April 19, 2006
KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- New signs around East Tennessee roadways show lower speed limits and may help reduce vehicle emissions.
TDOT is posting signs that lower the speed limit for commercial trucks from 65 miles per hour to 55.
All other vehicles have new speed limits of 65, instead of 70.
The reduced speed limits start west of Knox County in Loudon County on Interstates 40 and 75.
The lower limits remain in effect through Knox County, all the way to the Jefferson County line.
The lowered speed limits are also in effect on I-75 north, going up to Anderson County.
The new speed limits are an effort to reduce vehicle emissions by lowering nitrogen oxide levels. It's one way East Tennessee counties hope to meet EPA standards on air quality.
David Reeves drives trucks for a living. He's not so sure about the lower limits. "Going five miles faster, five miles slower isn't going to make no difference."
Reeves thinks the reason behind the changes make no sense. "Don't buy it? No, I don't because that stack right there puts out more stuff no matter what. It's the same way with cars."
Other truckers who just got heard about the new speed limits also feel it will cause problems. "They put us on a deadline. We have to get our freight there and get it there on time and it makes it more difficult for us," one says.
"Anytime somebody is coming up on you 10 miles faster than you're going, the chances of you hitting them increase," another trucker says.
Fifty-seven new signs are being installed. TDOT is also putting up several signs that read "reduced speed ahead," to warn drivers of the changes.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will issue warnings to violators over the next two weeks, until motorists adjust to the new speeds.