Cell Phone Ban Goes Into Effect July First
6/19/2019 Car Accidents John Whitfield
Tennessee is about to join dozens of other states on July 1st when its handheld cell phone ban goes into effect. This long overdue ban will make the roads safer for everyone and could save countless lives each year. Using a cell phone while driving is extremely dangerous; and, studies show drivers understand the dangers but use mobile devices while driving anyway. The new ban will allow law enforcement to change driver behavior by hitting drivers where it hurts most: their wallet.
Tennessee previously banned handheld cell phone use in school zones, but this new ban will prohibit handheld cell phone usage on all roads. Drivers will not be able to make phone calls, send texts, or use a phone for any purpose with their hands. Drivers will be permitted to use hands free technology, Bluetooth technology, and dashboard controls. Police can issue citations to any drivers seen violating the ban. The ticket will cost at least $100, but police can increase the fine to $200 if a crash is involved.
Distracted Driving In Tennessee
Studies have shown Tennessee is amongst the five worst states for distracted driving. The fatality rate for individuals involved in cell phone related car accidents in Tennessee is nearly five-times the national average. Because of the devastating death toll of distracted driving accidents in Tennessee, it is incredibly important for law enforcement to ticket these reckless drivers.
It’s likely changes in driver behavior will not immediately follow the cell phone ban, but it will lay the groundwork for meaningful change. In the meantime, victims of distracted driving accidents in Tennessee can also seek to hold reckless drivers accountable by pursuing individual civil legal actions.
Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
All accidents caused by distracted driving could be avoided if drivers just drove responsibly. At Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP, our distracted driving accident attorneys aggressively pursue compensation for clients injured by reckless drivers. If you have been involved in a Nashville distracted driving accident, contact us today for a free consultation to learn your legal options. If you choose to work with us, there is no upfront cost. We only work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.