Hands free cell phone law now in effect in Tennessee

 

On Monday, July 1, the Tennessee hands-free law goes into effect. The law will make it illegal to use a cellphone while operating a vehicle.

Make sure you know the restrictions and exceptions of the new law listed below.

DON'T:
(a) hold a cellphone or mobile device with any part of your body

(b) write, send, or read any text-based communication

(c) reach for a cellphone or mobile device in a manner that requires the driver to no longer be in a seated driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt,

(d) watch a video or movie on a cellphone or mobile device

(e) record or broadcast video on a cellphone or mobile device.

(f) the driver cannot touch the cellphone to activate or program music while driving.

DO:
a) The driver may use one button on a cell phone or mobile device to initiate or terminate voice communication. Voice-based communication may also be used to send a text message.

b) A driver is permitted to listen to streaming music that does not include videos on the screen of the cellphone or mobile device.

c) A driver is permitted to use a cellphone or other wireless device to communicate with law enforcement agencies, medical providers, fire departments, or other emergency service agencies while driving a motor vehicle, in the case of an emergency

There are exceptions from the hands-free regulations including law enforcement, campus officers, emergency crews, utility services, and those who are lawfully stopped or parked.

Drivers who fail to follow the new law will get three points on their driving record for each violation. After twelve points the driver's license will be suspended.

Breaking the law can also get costly.

First offence - $50
Second offence - $100
Third offence - $200

Law enforcement and first responders have exemptions under the new law.Hands free cell phone law now in effect in Tennessee

AMEN for that. should be a

AMEN for that.
should be a federal law.

the fines

The fines for this are a joke. They should have started at $200 for the first offense as paying that would cause some pocketbook pain and would do more in preventing a repeat offense.

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In Virginia, holding a cell

In Virginia, holding a cell phone in a work zone will get you a reckless driving ticket, good for $250 first time fine and 6 pints on your DL.

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Where I live

Box Car wrote:

The fines for this are a joke. They should have started at $200 for the first offense as paying that would cause some pocketbook pain and would do more in preventing a repeat offense.

On January 1, 2019, the existing fines and penalties for distracted drivers in Ontario are increasing. First time offenders will see a fine increase up to $1,000, three demerit points and a three day license suspension.Jan 1, 2019

Would you believe it some are not getting the message. I see drivers every day on the phone while driving. You cannot touch your cellphone in any way, shape or form !!!!

BTW: Distracted driving is not only cellphones. Eating, putting on make-up etc. !!!

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Wife and I call them "Important People

Jerks on Cell phones blocking you off or not going on green light. But its not only Driving, walking or in Check Out lines, holding up the Cashier while chit chatting

Good. I remember driving

Good. I remember driving through a few years ago and maybe 30% of people on the road were on the phone, non-hands free.

Talking/texting

This is real scary. Where I spend the winter in a small town in Mexico you will see teens on bicycles or their little 90cc to 125cc motorbikes talking and texting while underway. They don't pay attention anyway and this just exacerbates it!!!

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Don't worry - just like in

Don't worry - just like in IL likely won't be enforced... sad

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Distracted Driving

Garmin Gal wrote:

Don't worry - just like in IL likely won't be enforced... sad

In my part of Northern IL it is enforced if they see the person blatantly ignoring law. They also have distracted driving campaigns where the officers are looking for violators.

It only takes one of them to kill you.

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John B - Garmin 765T

We have one in Washington State....

Still see well over 50% driving down the road with a phone in their hand or up to their ear. 1st offense should be $250..2nd offense $500 and 3rd strike within 5 years, $1000 and mandatory retake of driving and written test within 90 days or drivers license is revoked.

Indiana Rules

Wow...I can't see people following the rules in this state.

There is a no Texting law in Indiana when you are driving but yet I see people doing it all the time. You are also not allowed in Indiana to be talking or doing anything while going through a school zone when the lights are flashing but yet I still see people doing this and also speeding in the school zone.

I personally dont no why people are holding the phones let alone up to there face. Most people these days have smart phones or ways to turn on the speaker when they drive. Get a hands free holder. Since I dont use my CD player in my Honda I use a Hands free holder that sits in my CD player of the car.

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I Agree

Yes I agree but they will never do that.

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all have Bluetooth equipped vehicles with built-in navigation

MickeyMouse00 wrote:

I personally dont no why people are holding the phones let alone up to there face. Most people these days have smart phones or ways to turn on the speaker when they drive. Get a hands free holder. Since I dont use my CD player in my Honda I use a Hands free holder that sits in my CD player of the car.

Of all the family, friends and associates - all have Bluetooth equipped vehicles to handle hands-free smartphone use and are equipped with built-in navigation systems.

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They really need to get serious with the penalties

It always amazes me ... I'll spend a month overseas in Germany and a number of other European countries, and when I come back home to the states I'll see more people talking on their phones while driving in a single day here than I did during the entire month in Europe.

I love my country, but there's such a sense of entitlement with so many people here and it's getting worse.

I Can See The Day...

I saw a new one this week while on the road. In the vehicle ahead of me, a girl in the passenger seat held the phone while the male driver talked into it. It appeared to be an attempt to circumvent the law.

It was in Maryland and the vehicle had Maryland plates. It's a gray area under Maryland law. I'm not sure if it was a violation or not. The driver wasn't holding the phone and the law isn't clear if there is a difference between a passenger holding the phone and it being dash mounted. Technically, I guess it's "hands free" on the part of the driver.

I can see the day when auto makers will be required to surround the passenger compartment of all new vehicles with a "Faraday Cage" that will block cellular signals. Phones will only work if installed in a dash mounted cradle for hands free use only.