Essay on Distracted Driving News : Tennessee
The governor also signed into law a crackdown on school bus drivers who text and use cell phones on the job. The new law takes away offenders’ licenses and makes them subject to at least 30 days in jail and a minimum $1,000 fine. The law bars use of a variety of portable electronic devices but allows for two-way radio communication with dispatch. “The strengthened penalties should make it very clear that the safety of our children is our No. 1 priority,” said House sponsor Eddie Smith. The succeeding legislation, signed April 28, was Senate Bill 1596. It was inspired by a 2014 Knoxville crash linked to texting that killed two children and a teacher’s aide.
Current distracted driving prohibitions:
• Text messaging prohibited while operating a motor vehicle in Tennessee.
• Drivers with learner’s permits or intermediate licenses prohibited from using cell phones while driving.
• School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving, if passengers are present.
• Installation or use of video monitors in a motor vehicle are prohibited if the intent is to provide entertainment or business…