In this post I will share some known and some unknown information about speeding and traffic tickets in Tennessee.
- A speeding ticket is a criminal offense. A common misconception is that speeding tickets are some other sort of offense. Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-8-152 makes speeding a C misdemeanor. The offense of public intoxication is also a C misdemeanor, just as an example.
- A conviction for speeding in another state won’t effect me in Tennessee, wrong. Tennessee may not be part of the Interstate Compact that many states are, but the Tennessee Department of Safety tends to find out about speeding and other traffic violations in other states. It is not a forgone conclusion, but you certainly can’t bet on Tennessee not learning about that ticket to watch the Vols play out of state.
- In Tennessee a driver with a regular driver’s license can get twelve (12) points in a year before your license is suspended for to many points. The point scale for non-commercial drivers is attached below.
- Even if Tennessee doesn’t find out about that speeding ticket, your insurance company certainly will. Insurance companies are notoriously efficient at learning about your lead foot. A speeding ticket not only will add points to your license, it will also potentially increase your insurance.
- An insurance company can cancel your insurance for lying about tickets. Insurance companies can drop you for to many tickets and for not telling them about tickets upon purchasing insurance.
What to do while getting a ticket.
- Be polite to the officer. Do not yell and scream about getting stopped, this will get you no where, if not hurt you. Even if the officer is totally wrong.
- Provide the officer with your license, registration, and proof of insurance.
- Sign the bottom of the ticket. Signing the ticket only acknowledges you received a ticket and is not an admission of guilt. If you refuse to sign the ticket, the officer can arrest you for refusing to sign the ticket.
You’ve got a ticket… now what?
- Call me, Jason Collver, at (865) 770-3470 or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I’ll ask you to send me a picture of the ticket and when the court date is.
- I handle speeding tickets across East Tennessee, a few counties to name are: Knox, Blount, Anderson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, Union, and more…
- What if I don’t go to the county you got the ticket in? Still give me a call and I’ll get you in touch with an attorney in the county you need help in.
Why you call me versus just paying it! If you just pay the ticket, you’ll get points on your license and it will likely effect your insurance. If you call me, I might be able to help you avoid the ticket and in turn avoid your insurance company ever learning of the ticket.
|Tickets and Court Abstractions where speed not indicated on source documents||3|
|Speeding 1 through 5 mph in excess of speed zone||1|
|Speeding 6 through 15 mph in excess of speed zone||3|
|Speeding 16 through 25 mph in excess of speed zone||4|
|Speeding 26 through 35 mph in excess of speed zone||5|
|Speeding 36 through 45 mph in excess of speed zone||6|
|Speeding 46 mph and above in excess of speed zone||8|
|Speed is less than posted minimum||3|
|Driving too fast for conditions, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident||3|
|Operating at erratic or sudden changing speed||3|
|Careless or negligent driving||4|
|Failing to obey traffic instructions||4|
|Wrong way, side or direction||4|
|Following emergency vehicle unlawfully||3|
|Failing to yield the right-of-way||4|
|Making improper turn||3|
|Failure to signal direction or to reduce speed suddenly||3|
|Stopping, standing, obstructing, or blocking traffic||3|
|Coasting; operating gears disengaged||3|
|Improper starting, burning rubber, spinning tires, peeling out||3|
|Driver view or mechanism obstructed||3|
|Driving mountain highway-controlled/audible warning||3|
|Inability to maintain control||3|
|Improper operation of or riding on a motorcycle||3|
|Improper lane or location, driving on roadways laned for traffic||3|
|Use of controlled access roadway||4|
|Inattentive driving, due care, failure to drive in careful manner, unsafe lookout, improper driving||3|
|Cross private property to avoid stop sign or signal||4|
|Operating a vehicle while using cell phone (under 18)||6|
|Passing a stopped school bus, church or youth bus taking on or discharging passengers||8|
|Violation of driver license or certificate restrictions||6|
|Reckless endangerment by vehicle (misdemeanor)||8|
|Miscellaneous traffic violations; any offense involving the unsafe operation of a non- commercial motor vehicle not herein specified||3|
|Leaving the scene of a crash (no revocation action only)||5|
|Failure to report a crash||4|
|Failure to yield to emergency vehicles; Failure to change lanes/slow down for authorized vehicles on roadside||6|
|Failure to stop at railroad crossing||8|
|Tickets and court abstracts where speed not indicated||4|
|Speeding 1 through 5 mph in excess of posted speed||2|
|Speeding 6 through 15 mph in excess of posted speed||4|
|Speeding 16 through 25 mph in excess of posted speed||5|
|Speeding 26 through 35 mph in excess of posted speed||6|
|Speeding 36 mph and above in excess of posted speed||8|
|Contributing to an accident involving property damage||3|
|Contributing to an accident resulting in bodily injury||4|
|Contributing to an accident resulting in another’s death||8|
|Operating without driver license in possession||2|
|Operating without being licensed or without license required for that type of vehicle operated||3|
|Operating while driver license required for type of vehicle operated is under suspension, revocation or cancellation||8|
|Fleeing Law Enforcement Officer (misdemeanor)||8|
|Child Endangerment (misdemeanor)||8|