Tennessee

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Tennessee. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment of AVs without a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1967.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

8 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

60 and over: fee reduced
65 and over: no expiration

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Illegal

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.2

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

1 year

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

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Open container laws

No

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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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 over 4'9" in rear seat if available
Rear seat recommended for 9-12 yrs

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

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

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

17 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1

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In What Seat?

Front

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

16 and over

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers, while vehicle is in motion. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

In school zones; on any S-curve that inhibits a driver's vision through the bend

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide

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The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is running it's annual Operation Incognito campaign to detect and deter distracted driving. THSO Director and GHSA Region 4 Representative Vic Donoho discusses the effort.

Tennessee Highway Safety Office and local law enforcement pair up for Operation Incognito

Story by Kyle Davis
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States Receive Funds to Tackle Teen Driver Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Forker, mforker@ghsa.org
202-789-0942 x120

Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, and Tennessee Awarded More than $70,000

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Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee are partnering again for Operation Southern Shield, a high visibility enforcement period focusing on speeding. Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director and GHSA Vice Chair Harris Blackwood discusses.

Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Story by Isabel Hughes
July 11, 2018

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