2019 Tennessee Code
Title 55 - Motor and Other Vehicles
Chapter 10 - Accidents, Arrests, Crimes and Penalties
Part 4 - Alcohol and Drug Related Offenses
§ 55-10-415. Underage driving while impaired -- Penalties.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 55-10-415 (2019)
  • (a) A person under twenty-one (21) years of age shall not drive or be in physical control of an automobile or other motor-driven vehicle while:

    • (1) Under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, drug, substance affecting the central nervous system, or combination thereof that impairs the driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle by depriving the driver of the clearness of mind and self-control that the driver would otherwise possess; or

    • (2) The alcohol concentration in the person's blood or breath is two-hundredths of one percent (0.02%) or more.

  • (b) The fact that a person who drives while under the influence of narcotic drugs or barbital drugs is or has been lawfully entitled to use the drugs does not constitute a defense to a violation of this section.

  • (c) This section establishes the offense of underage driving while impaired for a person under twenty-one (21) years of age. The offense of underage driving while impaired is a lesser included offense of driving while intoxicated.

  • (d) The offense of underage driving while impaired by a person eighteen (18) years of age or older but under twenty-one (21) years of age is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:

    • (1) Driver license suspension of one (1) year;

    • (2) A fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250); and

    • (3) Public service work, in the discretion of the court.

  • (e) The act of underage driving while impaired by a person under eighteen (18) years of age is a delinquent act punishable by:

    • (1) Driver license suspension of one (1) year;

    • (2) A fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250); and

    • (3) Public service work, in the discretion of the court.

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