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Are you smarter than a TN tourist regarding traffic laws? Pt. 1

The holiday season and, therefore, the season of traveling is behind us. Did you hit the road to meet up with family in the last couple of months? If so, and if you crossed state lines, perhaps the concern regarding other states' traffic laws crossed your mind. Maybe you were stopped and cited for a traffic violation.

Driving easily becomes a second nature activity. It is easy to forget that there are so many laws that go into being a responsible driver. It is just as easy to forget that each state has its own laws governing how you should drive and the penalties for violating traffic laws.

Tennessee's Department of Safety and Homeland Security provides a list of the "Top Ten Safety Laws for TN Visitors." While the list is provided for tourists, we know that local drivers are often cited for the same violations, often wrongfully, and sometimes because they, too, don't know or understand the rules.

The following are just a few of the traffic safety laws in Tennessee that can lead to penalties ranging from fines, to jail time, to prison time:

Texting while driving: It is illegal to text while driving in Tennessee. Violating this traffic law can result in a fine.

Move Over Law: When driving by an emergency vehicle, drivers are supposed to move over a lane. If there is no other lane, drivers must give a safe amount of space and slow down around the emergency vehicle. Violating this rule can lead to fines and even jail time.

Other traffic safety laws that vary from state to state include those related to impaired driving, child restraint devices, and even firearms. An upcoming post will continue this list of basic traffic laws that are specific to Tennessee and its drivers, both local and those who are passing through.

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