Tennessee’s hands-free driving law goes into effect today

Posted at 6:08 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 20:23:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new law that prohibits drivers from holding their phones in Tennessee goes into effect today.

The driving with cell phones ban is just one of many new laws that went into effect July 1. However, hands-free or Bluetooth calls are still allowed.

The goal of this bill is to cut back on distracted driving collisions. Tennessee ranks the highest when it comes to distracted driving deaths, according to a study.

If you're caught breaking the law, you could pay a $50 fine the first time, $100 for the third or for causing a wreck, and $200 in active work or school zones.

Police suggest having someone else text for you and if you need to use your GPS, just put in directions before you start driving.

Another good idea is a mount your phone, or putting it to the side in a cup holder.