Tennessee

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Tennessee. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .20     Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    No Yes Yes
  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Law establishes certification program for AVs.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 1 yrs or 20 lbs or under in rear-facing infant seat

    1-3 yrs and over 20 lbs in forward-facing infant seat

    4-8 yrs and under 4'9" in booster seat

    8 yrs or under and under 4'9" in rear seat if available

    Rear seat recommended for 9-12 yrs

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    9-15 yrs (or 12 yrs and under and over 4'9")

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $50

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    5 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    60 and over: fee reduced

    65 and over: no expiration

     

  • Motorcyclists

    Universal helmet law enacted 1967.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 16 and over

    In What Seat?

    Front

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted once or twice a month. Their legality is upheld under state and federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide except non-work zone interstates

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Registered owner

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    Not reportable; no points ($50; points)


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide except non-work zone interstates

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Registered owner

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    Not reportable; no points ($50; points)

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    17 years

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 50 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. No more than 1
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    $250-$500

    Workers Must Be Present?

    Yes

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes