Tennessee Cell Phone Laws

To combat an increasing number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, many states have enacted laws regulating the usage of cell phones for calls and text messaging in vehicles. Research shows that in 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed nationally in accidents involving distracted driving. TN legislators enacted a law that bans all cell phone use (even with a hands-free device) for bus drivers and drivers under the age of 18. Additionally, texting while driving is banned across the board for every type of driver. However, there are several exceptions to the law, including if the person is calling for emergency assistance to report a medical emergency, a traffic accident/hazard or a crime in progress. Personnel in marked emergency vehicles performing their duties are also exempt from the law.