New TN law to fine school zone drivers holding phones

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The state of Tennessee is taking steps to curb distracted drivers. Their first target: cellphones.

A study by Safe Kids USA found that one in six drivers in school zones are distracted—the most common distraction being cellphones.

To help curb school zone distractions, any use of a cellphone will be illegal in school zones in Tennessee soon.

Beginning January 1, 2018, you will not be able to text or talk on your phone while you're driving. Any cellphone in a driver's hand will be considered breaking the law.

In addition, anyone under 18 will not be allowed to use any hands free devices. If you are over 18, hands free devices will be allowed.

When 2018 starts, anyone caught with a cellphone in hand in a school zone will face a $50 fine.

The speed limit is 15 miles per hour in a school zone. In Tennessee, a ticket in a school zone could result in fines of more than $200, and there is a mandatory court appearance.

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