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What to know about using your cell phone when driving in Tennessee

By: Darrell Castle

It’s no secret that cell phone use and text messaging play a big part in car accidents these days.

As a result, Tennessee has passed a few laws to limit the use of certain devices on the road. Here is a rundown of the current restrictions:

  • There is no ban on using handheld devices, which means you can talk on your cell phone while driving in Tennessee.
  • School bus drivers are prohibited from using handheld devices when transporting passengers. There are exceptions for emergencies or when needing to communicate with transportation authorities.
  • New drivers are also banned from using cell phones while driving. Additionally they are not permitted to use hand-free devices as an alternative to handheld phones. Learner or intermediate license holders cannot speak on the phone while the vehicle is in motion except in the case of emergency. For drivers under 18 years old, communicating with parents can be considered an emergency. The defense of emergency use has to be proven in court.
  • Texting while the car is in motion is illegal in all cases in Tennessee, regardless of the age or driver or situation in question.
  • Drivers are not allowed to use video monitors for entertainment or business while driving.

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