Things You Need To Know:

  1. SEAT BELT TICKET FINES HAVE INCREASED –

    1st offense fine has increased from $10 to $25 and 2nd offense fine has increased from $20 to $50. 

    Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-9-603 - Use of safety belts in passenger vehicles -- Violations -- Penalties -- Arrest – Applicability:

    A person charged with a violation, in lieu of appearance in court, may submit a fine of:

    • Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for a first violation, and
    • Fifty dollars ($50.00) for a second or subsequent violation to the clerk of the court that has jurisdiction of the offense within the county in which the offense charged is alleged to have been committed.
  2. DRIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE?  YOUR CAR COULD GET TOWED!

    Effective 1-1-16 financial responsibility statue does allow local law enforcement agencies to tow any violator’s vehicle that cannot provide valid proof of insurance at time of stop.

    TCA 55-12-139 (C3, 4)

    (4) If the driver of a motor vehicle fails to provide evidence of financial responsibility pursuant to this section, an officer may tow the motor vehicle as long as the officer's law enforcement agency has adopted a policy delineating the procedure for taking such action.

  3. MOVE OVER -

    If an emergency vehicle is on the side of the roadway upon approach you are to move over to the left lane or slow to a safe speed. 

    Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-132  (2015)

    1. The first violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisonment not longer than thirty (30) days, or both.
    2. A second violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
    3. A third or subsequent violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

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  4. CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT DEVICES –

    TCA 55-9-602.  Child passenger restraint systems -- Violations -- Penalties.

    1. Any person transporting any child, under one (1) year of age, or any child, weighing twenty pounds (20 lbs.) or less, in a motor vehicle upon a road, street or highway of this state is responsible for the protection of the child and properly using a child passenger restraint system in a rear facing position, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat if available or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions.
    2. Notwithstanding § 55-9-603, any person transporting any child, one through three (1-3) years of age weighing greater than twenty pounds (20 lbs.), in a motor vehicle upon a road, street or highway of this state is responsible for the protection of the child and properly using a child passenger restraint system in a forward facing position, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat if available or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions.
    3. Notwithstanding § 55-9-603, any person transporting any child, four through eight (4-8) years of age and measuring less than four feet, nine inches (4' 9'') in height, in a passenger motor vehicle upon a road, street or highway of this state is responsible for the protection of the child and properly using a belt positioning booster seat system, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat if available or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions.

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