Tennessee ban on holding cell phones while driving begins July 1
A law allowing law enforcement to ticket drivers seen holding their cell phones in their hands while driving will take effect July 1.
The law bans any use of a cell phone held in hand while driving, including hand-held calls, music control and navigation. The law would be an expansion on the current offense for talking on a handheld device while driving in a school zone.
The law allows law enforcement to issue citations for $100, with a possible increase to $200 if a crash is involved.
Exceptions include drivers using the phone for navigation while it is in their cup holder or attached to the vehicle's dash.