Put the phones down: Tennessee going hands free July 1

Tennessee goes hands-free July 1. /: (MGN)
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT)-- The new law to make Tennesse hands-free will take effect on July 1.

The law will make it illegal for drivers to hold cellphones or mobile devices with any part of their body.

That will include writing, sending or reading any text communication. reaching for a mobile device, watching videos and recording broadcasts on a mobile device.

Drivers who violate this law will receive a traffic citation. For the first offense, drivers will be fined $50.

An earpiece, headphone device or smartwatch with voice-based communications are allowed.

Drivers can also use one button on a cellphone to initiate or terminate voice communication.

In case of an emergency, drivers are permitted to use a cellphone to communicate with emergency services.

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