Last year we drove down from Cincinnati. Decent ride my buddies let me sleep on the way down due to not sleeping the day before. I drove into the venue. There were lots of cops out in Tenn. LOTS OF COPS. I drove on the way back. Leaving Roo I saw about 10 people pulled over and being searched. That Monday I was looking up Bonnaroo and found out a lot of people got searched to and from Bonnaroo just because they were going to Roo. Some just got speeding tickets some got carrying charges. That Tuesday or Wednesday a Judge threw all the cases out due to they way the people got searched. It's a bad way to start or end the weekend. In theory police can't pull you over if you have a Bonnaroo, dead, widespread, or phish sticker on your car. They can if your speeding. Then they can search your car. This happens a lot more than people think. When you hit Tenn, do the limit. The police are going to hit the out of towners, don't give them a reason to. Another way is don't do anything in the car. Open container laws are fairly strict. Last year we were sitting in traffic and wanted to open a few, glad we waited as a cop walked right past the car. (At this point we were just turning on Bushy road.)
Be safe on the trip to Bonnaroo.
Here is one of the stories I found, yes it's off 420.org, but in order to get any newspaper stories I had to pay.
Story by John Swenson
A righteous local judge released 24 rock fans headed to Bonnaroo after police arrested them unconstitutionally in Tennessee. Warren County judge Larry Ross freed the festival-bound fans on the grounds that their arrests were unfair examples of profiling by police. The fans were arrested on minor drug charges, mostly simple possession of marijuana. The defendants, a group ranging from teenagers to people in their mid-thirties, argued that the Warren County Sheriff’s Department practiced “selective enforcement” by stopping vehicles with out of state license plates, then searching for drugs.
The police also lied to defendants, using the Cops practice of saying they wouldn’t be arrested if they just turned over their stash. Erik Wielgos, 18, of Illinois, was charged with simple possession of marijuana. Edward Ziemba, 19, of Wisconsin was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. “He [the officer] asked if we were going to Bonnaroo,” Wielgos said. “I said yes and he said he knew we had pot. He said if we’d just give it to him he’d let us go with a citation. If not, he said he had a K-9 unit with him and if the dog found it then we’d be taken to jail.”
The pair was jailed for their trust in the cop’s lies.
Ross heard less than an hour of testimony before deciding in favor of the defendants. Sheriff’s investigator Mark Martin admitted under questioning that it was “uncommon” for him to be assigned to traffic radar duties the morning before the festival.
Others caught in this sting had traveled from Oregon, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Arizona, Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Florida.
“The appearance of this was very bad,” said Mike Galligan, who represented the defendants for free. “I’m quite sure the individual officers acted respectfully. The concept, however, was wrong. It doesn’t appear fair, and it isn’t fair.”
On the other hand: Last year we drove down from PA in a soccer mom mini van with an Irish dance sticker on the back. At 7am on I-24 northbound we cracked open the first beers, and walked up and down the line chatting with our fellow 'roovians, some of whom were enjoying combustible materials. The Tenn state police and local cops were cruising up and down the line, and we saw nobody getting hassled, pulled out of line, searched or busted.
I was one of the lucky ones and got inside bonnaroo in about 3 hours. We saw a few officers going in, joked about traffic with a few. I'm not really worried about them so much, it's the ones before Coffee County that worry me.
i gotta second that, I'm more worried about them coming in to the TN border. They were pretty thick around the Nashville area, but i think once you get into traffic, you don't have too much else to worry about. except for running out of gas or overheating...
for those of you coming down I-75...take blue grass pkwy over to 65. there are hardly ever cops going this way, so you can push it a lil harder. in the small chance you do fly by one, dont kill me. i agree it would be better to just do the limit once in tennessee. the cops in coffee county have always been really friendly, but outside there they will probably be looking to fill their quota for the month.
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May 2: Toro y Moi / Of Montreal (Northampton MA)
June 21: Lower Dens (Providence)
June 23: Rush (Boston)
July 24-26: Newport Folk
Aug 7: Deftones / Incubus / DFA1979 (Mansfield MA)
Oct 29: The Who (Boston)
Arlene and I took 81 to 40 which starts in dandridge. We stayed on 40 untill Crab Orchard where we got off 40 and onto 70. Took 70 to Sparta where we picked up 70s which turns into 55 and ends in Manchester. Now yes this is a total senic rout and yes you are only able to do 55 but it cuts off several hours of travel. But heres the point Tennessee 55 means 55. You dont want a hassle of any kind you do what the sign says you do.
I really have no idea about the speed limit. 65ish? I'm sure there will be signs.
yea i realized how old the last post was after i posted my question and additionally just now realized what 'bump' means can you tell i never use blogs? but im obsessed with inforoo not only bc i'm a first time roo'er this year but also because some of ya'll are hilarious!
and thanks everyone for the heads up on the speed limit. obviously i will find out come june but just thought it'd be nice to know...now...so i can sulk in the misery of driving at 55 here in ohio until june...haha. 65/70 is my kinda style.