NASHVILLE, TN — The New Year means new laws in Tennessee and 16 will come into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
Some, of course, are highly-specific technical changes that most Tennesseans will likely never notice or even understand – 2018 brings in a new safety code for electrical supply stations, for example.
But if your commute takes you through a school zone and you’re in the habit of talking on your phone as you pass through, one new law will fine you for your transgression.
Here’s a handful of new laws Tennesseans may actually notice:
Cell phones in school zones: A fine of up to $50 can be levied against anyone talking on a handheld cellphone while in a school zone while the warning lights are flashing. Texting while driving is already banned in all situations in Tennessee, but otherwise, cellphone use was heretofore generally permissible.Handgun permits: Any person who can prove they passed small-arms or combat-pistol training while serving in the United States Armed Forces is now exempted from the firing-range portion of the training required to get a handgun carry permit.Barbers: Barbers may