Memphis has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, and it’s no surprise that the city’s roads are often congested. If you’re planning to visit Memphis, you’ll want to know about the city’s road safety laws and how to navigate its streets safely.
Driving in Memphis is notoriously dangerous because of drivers’ tendency to change lanes suddenly, tailgate and speed down streets. You should always be mindful of other drivers and try to slow down or avoid driving during rush hours.
If you’ve been caught on camera speeding, tailgating or otherwise acting in an unsafe manner, you may face a variety of criminal charges, which is why you should get in touch with a Memphis traffic attorney. These lawyers will work to fight to dismiss your ticket or minimize the damage it can have on your record.
A recent report shows that traffic citations in Shelby County increased by almost 30 percent last year, and that number is expected to rise in 2021. While most traffic citations are Class C misdemeanors, some can be more serious.
In January, the US Attorney’s office in coordination with the FBI Memphis Field Office and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols. Authorities say that Nichols died from injuries sustained during a January 7 arrest after an officer used excessive force.