Cellphones are a big part of our lives. From staying connected to controlling our music library to checking our email and social media, drivers of all ages own and use cellphones all the time. Operating one while driving isn’t safe though.
Ron Hibbard Toyota looks at the new Hands Free Tennessee law that’s designed to help drivers in Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison have a safer drive around the area. Be sure to contact us today to learn more about ways to stay within the law.
What is Hands Free Tennessee?
The Hands Free Tennessee campaign centers on the new law that’s official name is Public Chapter No. 412. This law and initiative were designed to minimize distracted driving around the state. It formally goes into effect in the summer of 2019 and makes it illegal to operate your cell phone while you’re driving.
How Serious is Distracted Driving?
Checking your phone, even for a split second, can be dangerous to both you and other drivers. In 2018, there were approximately 24,600 accidents caused by a distracted driver. That comes out to around 67 collisions every day.
Tennessee consistently ranks in the top five for number of accidents each year from drivers looking at their cellphones. Not only does the Volunteer State rank in the top five for number of accidents, the average number of deaths caused by distracted drivers is nearly five times the national average.
What’s Allowed Under the Law?
To prevent collisions, fatalities, and distracted driving as a whole, PC0412 makes it illegal to operate your cellphone while you’re driving. The law specifically states that the following actions are prohibited under the law:
- Writing, sending, or reading a text message, direct message, comment, or email
- Watching or recording videos
- Making or receiving phone calls
- Reaching for your cellphone or mobile device in a way that requires you to remove your seat belt
- Holding a cell phone or mobile device while driving
While it is permitted to use your phone in the event of an emergency, any violation of these rules can result in up to three points on your license and a fine of up to $200.
How Toyota Technology Can Help
Today’s infotainment systems are designed to make your drive both safer and more convenient. Toyota vehicles have long had a focus on both. That’s why most Toyota vehicles are available with a user-friendly infotainment system that lets you control many features without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
The Entune® Audio system features a touchscreen display in the center of your dashboard. A few different sizes are available, but you can connect your smartphone to each one. Then you can use Bluetooth® to stream music and make phone calls, access your smartphone apps with Apple CarPlay®, and control everything while never looking away form the road thanks to Siri® Eyes Free and advanced voice recognition.
Learn More About the Toyota Infotainment System
To learn more about the Entune® infotainment systems that are available inside Toyota vehicles, visit Ron Hibbard Toyota. We’re excited to show drivers in Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison how our lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs can help you stay connected while still achieving a Hands Free Tennessee. Schedule a test drive today!