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Tennessee Traffic Laws

Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in Tennessee -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

Drinking & Driving Violations Driving under the influence (TN Code section 55-10-401)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License License required (TN Code section 55-50-301)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Registration required before operation (TN Code section 55-4-101)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Financial Responsibility of Owners or Operators (TN Code Title 55, Chapter 12)
Illegal U-Turn Turning movements (TN Code section 55-8-142)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents involving death or personal injury (TN Code section 55-10-101)
Accidents involving damage to vehicle (TN Code section 55-10-102)
Mechanical Violations Equipment - Lighting Regulations (TN Code Title 55, Chapter 9)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (TN Code section 55-10-205)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Obedience to any required traffic control device (TN Code section 55-8-109)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Child passenger restraint systems (TN Code section 55-9-602)
Use of safety belts in passenger vehicles (TN Code section 55-9-603)
Speeding Speed limits - Penalties (TN Code section 55-8-152)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment - Lighting Regulations (TN Code Title 55, Chapter 9)
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