2018 Tennessee Code
Title 55 - Motor and Other Vehicles
Chapter 8 - Operation of Vehicles -- Rules of the Road
Part 2 - Operation of Vehicles -- Rules of the Road -- Continued
§ 55-8-207. Prohibited use of hand-held mobile telephone in marked school zone -- Prohibited use of mobile telephone with hands-free device by person under 18.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 55-8-207 (2018)
  • (a) As used in this section:

    • (1) "Hands-free device" means a device that is designed to allow two-way communication via mobile telephone without the necessity of holding the mobile telephone, such as a speakerphone or headset; and

    • (2) "Mobile telephone" means a cellular, analog, wireless, or digital device that provides for voice communication or for both voice and data communication. "Mobile telephone" does not include a two-way radio or push-to-talk device.

  • (b)

    • (1) It is an offense for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle in any marked school zone in this state, when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, and talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion.

    • (2) It is a delinquent act for a person under eighteen (18) years of age to knowingly operate a motor vehicle on any road or highway in this state and talk on a mobile telephone that is equipped with a hands-free device while the vehicle is in motion.

    • (3) This section does not prohibit a person eighteen (18) years of age or older from operating a motor vehicle in any marked school zone in this state, when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, and talking on a mobile telephone that is equipped with a hands-free device while the vehicle is in motion.

  • (c) This section shall not apply to the following persons:

    • (1) Officers of the state or of any county, city, or town charged with the enforcement of the laws of the state, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;

    • (2) Campus police officers and public safety officers, as defined by § 49-7-118, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;

    • (3) Emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technician-paramedics, and firefighters, both volunteer and career, when in the actual discharge of their official duties;

    • (4) Emergency management agency officers of the state or of any county, city, or town, when in the actual discharge of their official duties; and

    • (5) Persons using a mobile telephone to communicate with law enforcement agencies, medical providers, fire departments, or other emergency service agencies while driving a motor vehicle, if the use is necessitated by a bona fide emergency, including a natural or human occurrence that threatens human health, life, or property.

  • (d)

    • (1) A violation of subdivision (b)(1) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable only by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00); and

    • (2) A violation of subdivision (b)(2) is punishable only by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00).

  • (e) Any person violating this section is subject to the imposition of court costs, including any statutory fees of officers; provided, that the court costs, including any statutory fees of officers, shall not exceed ten dollars ($10.00). No state or local litigation taxes are applicable to a case prosecuted under this section.

  • (f) A traffic citation that is based solely upon a violation of this section is a nonmoving traffic violation and no points shall be added to a driver record for the violation.

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