Cellphone Use Prohibited in School Zones

Starting January 1st, 2018, it will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $50 — for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle in any marked school zone in this state, when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, and talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion.

However, the offense is not committed if the telephone is equipped with a hands-free device, for drivers 18 years of age and older.

A driver under age 18 is breaking the law talking either using a hands-free or handheld while driving through an active school zone.

There are many monitored school zones in Crossville and Cumberland County, with a lot of children and traffic. Please be aware of this new law and be careful around our children.