Essay on Distracted Driving News : Tennessee

797 Words Aug 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Distracted driving news: Tennessee has toughened its texting & driving penalties. The new sanctions, which went into effect July 1, make texting a moving violation that comes with new demerit points. Gov. Bill Haslam signed House Bill 1511 into law May 20. Legislation that would have outlawed driving while using handheld cell phones failed to make it out of committee in 2016.
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…

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