New Hands Free Driving Law in Tennessee
Life behind the wheel has changed for Tennessee drivers. On July 1st, a new hands free law was put in to effect. Similar to a law that went into effect in Georgia a year ago, the new law makes it illegal to hold a phone in your hand – or with any other part of your body – while driving in Tennessee. Instead, you’ll have to either use Bluetooth audio devices or simply put your phone on speaker.
The new law’s goal is to reduce property damage, avoid wrecks and injuries, and most importantly – avoid fatalities on the road. The act of using a phone for any reason while behind the wheel diverts the driver’s attention from the most important part of the driving experience, which is paying attention to the road. That is not to say that phone calls while driving are illegal while behind the wheel, simply the act of making a call or talking with your phone in your hand is.
Here is what you need to know:
- If you are caught using your phone and are pulled over, you can get 3 points on your driving record for each violation.
- Fines for violating the law include a $50 fine for a first time offense
- $100 for the third and following offenses and/or if it leads to a crash
- and a $200 fine if it happens in a work zone with workers present or a school zone while lights are flashing
Luckily, Bluetooth and other hands-free technology can help. With the proper Bluetooth audio and hands-free technology installed in your car, you can continue to answer your phone behind the wheel, dictate messages, or even change your Spotify or Pandora station. While we would never recommend getting too involved with your technology while driving, we understand the need to make that call if you have to.
Bluetooth Audio – How You Can Prepare
We specialize in this sort of technology for your car here at Cartronics. You can make your car sync up to your phone, hands-free today with easy to use devices like the iSimple ISFM2351 or Pioneer MVH-S312BT, or sync up your car with Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone interfaces with devices like the Alpine ILX-W650. Devices like these will allow you to use the navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze on the radio screen and control them by voice command, allowing you to remain hands free. Feel free to contact us to learn more, or visit us at one of our three locations today!
At the end of the day, this law effects everyone on the road in Tennessee, so make sure you are obeying the law and using the proper Bluetooth enabled device in those moments where you need to be connected while driving.