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2019-06-14 07:34:53
Tennessee Cell Phone Ban for Drivers Starts July 1st

Is it Illegal to Talk on Your Cell Phone while Driving in Tennessee?

Beginning July 1st, 2019, Tennessee drivers could face a fine of up to $200 for using their cell phones while driving.

Drivers 18 and older will be prohibited from holding or physically supporting a phone while driving. According to the legislation, hands-free devices will be allowed, including 'earpieces, headphones, or a device worn on a wrist to conduct a voice-based communication'. Dashboard mounts will be allowed as well.

According to the legislation, drivers under the age of 18 are banned from talking on the phone while driving, period.  They do not get the same exceptions as older drivers do in regards to hands-free devices.  

Texting while driving in Tennessee

What About Texting?

Tennessee law already prohibits texting while driving no matter what your age.  One unusual exception to this law is that unlike most other states, Tennessee law only prohibits texting while the vehicle is in motion. There are no penalties for texting while temporarily stopped at a signal or in traffic.  



Violators caught talking on their cell phone while driving could face up to a $50 fine.  That amount could increase to $100 if the violation causes an accident and could increase to $200 for violations in construction or school zones.

The maximum fine for breaking Tennessee's texting while driving law is $60 (including court costs). Texting while driving tickets also add points to the driver's record and first time offenders will have to complete a driver's education course.

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