TENNESSEE (WMC) - Many school students are out of school on winter break, but once they return to school a new law will be in place to protect them.
As of January 1, 2018, Tennessee forbids drivers to use a hand-held device when driving through an active school zone. Hands-free devices are allowed.
This means, in addition to texting and driving, holding your cellphone to your ear and having a conversation is illegal in school zones.
The law also prohibits drivers under 18 years old from using cellphones at all in school zones.
Violators of the law can face a fine of up to $50.