Operating Hand Held Mobile Devices While in an Active School Zone
A new law went into effect on January 1, 2018 that will impact persons operating vehicles when driving in an active school zone in Tennessee.
The law states that it is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $50, for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle and talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion in any marked school zone in the State of Tennessee when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation. However, if the driver is 18 or older, and the telephone is equipped with a hands-free device, it will not be considered an offense. Drivers under the age of 18, or who possess a permit or intermediate license, will be considered breaking the law if they are talking either using a hands-free or handheld device while driving. Remember that texting while operating a motor vehicle is illegal in Tennessee.
Concerning Lights That Display on the Front of Vehicles
Starting January 1, 2018 the State of Tennessee approved a change to a law regarding lights on vehicles. The specific Tennessee code, 55-9-402(d), states "no vehicle operated in this state shall be equipped with any steady-burning lights that display to the front of the vehicles in any color other than white or amber or in any combination of colors other than white and amber:” There are exceptions provided for specialized vehicles and the statute sets out what those exceptions are. The statute uses the term 'equipped', indicating the vehicle cannot have lights on the front of the vehicle other than white or amber, whether turned on or not. The red, blue, green, or other color lights would therefore be prohibited on the front of the vehicle. The statute further prohibits "the equipping of vehicles with any flashing lights in any combination of colors that display to the front of the vehicle, other than factory installed emergency flashers, except as provided in this section:" To view the law and the exceptions, visit: http://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/110/pub/pc0378.pdf.