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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New laws taking effect in TN Jan. 1, 2018

Here’s a quick look at a few of the new laws taking effect in Tennessee on January 1, 2018:

Cell phone use in active school zones

It is now unlawful to talk on a handheld cellular device in a school zone while the warning lights are flashing.


It is now unlawful for vehicle headlights to have any color light other than white or amber. Authorized law enforcement and emergency vehicles, mail carriers, and school buses are exempt.  

Handgun Permits

There is now an exception to the firing range portion of the handgun carry permit training requirements upon proof of the applicants’ successful completion of United States military small arms or combat pistol training.

Obstructing Roads

The fine for obstructing roads, highways, sidewalks, railways, and other avenues of public access has been increased from $50 to $200 if the person is also obstructing an emergency vehicle.

Enhanced Sentencing

Sentencing has been enhanced for defendants convicted of violent crimes where the victims were specifically targeted based on their status as a military service member or law enforcement officer.

Sentencing has also been enhanced for any illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime. This enhancement was previously applied only to illegal immigrants who had previously been deported.     

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