§ 55-8-101 Chapter and part definitions
§ 55-8-102 Provisions refer to vehicles upon highways — Exceptions
§ 55-8-103 Required obedience to traffic laws — Penalty
§ 55-8-104 Obedience to police officers
§ 55-8-105 Persons riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles
§ 55-8-106 Public officers and employees — Exceptions
§ 55-8-107 Persons working on highways — Exceptions
§ 55-8-108 Authorized emergency vehicles
§ 55-8-109 Obedience to any required traffic-control device
§ 55-8-110 Traffic-control signals — Inoperative signals with vehicle detection devices for motorcycles — Right of way at signals inoperative due to mechanical failure or accident
§ 55-8-111 Pedestrian-control signals
§ 55-8-112 Flashing signals
§ 55-8-113 Display or sale of unauthorized signs, signals or markings
§ 55-8-114 Interference with official traffic-control devices or railroad signs or signals
§ 55-8-115 Driving on right side of roadway — Exceptions
§ 55-8-116 Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions
§ 55-8-117 Overtaking a vehicle on the left
§ 55-8-118 When overtaking on the right is permitted
§ 55-8-119 Limitations on overtaking on the left
§ 55-8-120 Further limitations on driving to left of center of roadway
§ 55-8-121 No-passing zones
§ 55-8-122 One-way roads and rotary traffic islands
§ 55-8-123 Driving on roadways laned for traffic
§ 55-8-124 Following too closely
§ 55-8-125 Driving on divided highways
§ 55-8-126 Restricted access
§ 55-8-127 Restrictions on use of controlled-access roadway
§ 55-8-128 Vehicle approaching or entering intersection
§ 55-8-129 Vehicle turning left at intersection
§ 55-8-130 Vehicle entering through highway or stop intersection
§ 55-8-131 Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway
§ 55-8-132 Operation of vehicles and streetcars on approach of authorized emergency vehicles
§ 55-8-133 Pedestrians subject to traffic regulations
§ 55-8-134 Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks
§ 55-8-135 Crossing at other than crosswalks
§ 55-8-136 Drivers to exercise due care
§ 55-8-137 Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks
§ 55-8-138 Pedestrians on roadways
§ 55-8-139 Pedestrians soliciting rides or business
§ 55-8-140 Required position and method of turning at intersections
§ 55-8-141 Turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited — Penalty
§ 55-8-142 Turning movements — Signal for stop or decrease in speed
§ 55-8-143 Signals for turns
§ 55-8-144 Signals by hand and arm or signal device
§ 55-8-145 Obedience to signal indicating approach of train — Penalty
§ 55-8-146 All vehicles must stop at certain railroad grade crossings — Statutes not to affect common law right of recovery — Penalty
§ 55-8-147 Certain vehicles must stop at all railroad grade crossings
§ 55-8-148 Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings
§ 55-8-149 Requirements for stop signs — Vehicles and streetcars must stop at stop signs — Penalty
§ 55-8-150 Emerging from alley, driveway or building
§ 55-8-151 Overtaking and passing school, youth or church bus — Markings — Discharging passengers — Penalties
§ 55-8-152 Speed limits — Penalties
§ 55-8-153 Establishment of speed zones
§ 55-8-154 Minimum speed regulation — Turnouts — Passing bays — Penalties
§ 55-8-155 Special speed limitation on motor-driven cycles — Penalty
§ 55-8-156 Special speed limitations — Penalties
§ 55-8-157 Charging violations
§ 55-8-158 Stopping, standing or parking outside of business or residential districts, and entrance or exit ramps of highways
§ 55-8-159 Officers authorized to remove illegally stopped vehicles
§ 55-8-160 Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specific places — Penalty — Exceptions for disabled veterans and handicapped persons
§ 55-8-161 Additional parking regulations
§ 55-8-162 Unattended motor vehicles — Unattended vehicles containing medical or hazardous waste — Penalty and liability — Application to utility
§ 55-8-163 Limitations on backing
§ 55-8-164 Riding on motorcycles
§ 55-8-165 Obstruction to driver’s view of driving mechanism — Penalty
§ 55-8-166 Driving on mountain highways
§ 55-8-167 Coasting prohibited — Penalties
§ 55-8-168 Following fire apparatus prohibited — Penalty
§ 55-8-169 Crossing fire hose — Penalty
§ 55-8-170 Putting glass, nails and other substances on highway prohibited — Penalty
§ 55-8-171 Operation of bicycles and play vehicles — Penalty — Effect of regulations
§ 55-8-172 Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles — Penalty
§ 55-8-173 Riding on bicycles — Playing and use of play vehicles — Penalties
§ 55-8-174 Clinging to vehicles — Penalty
§ 55-8-175 Riding on roadways and bicycle paths — Penalty
§ 55-8-176 Carrying articles on bicycles — Penalty
§ 55-8-177 Bicycle lamps and brakes — Penalties
§ 55-8-178 Regulations governing nonmotor vehicles and animals — Penalty
§ 55-8-179 Use of raised identifying cane or blaze orange dog leash restricted to blind or deaf persons — Penalty
§ 55-8-180 Pedestrians led by guide dog or carrying identifying cane given right of way — Penalty
§ 55-8-181 Rights and duties of motorcycle operator
§ 55-8-182 Operation of motorcycles on laned roadways
§ 55-8-183 Funeral processions
§ 55-8-184 Indication of ownership on traffic control signs, signals, markers or devices — Unlawful possession — Penalty
§ 55-8-185 Use of off-highway motor vehicles on highways
§ 55-8-186 Responsibility for illegal parking
§ 55-8-187 Obscene or patently offensive bumper stickers, window signs, etc., prohibited
§ 55-8-188 High occupancy vehicles — Lanes
§ 55-8-189 Transporting child in truck bed
§ 55-8-190 Street sweeper operation — Liability
§ 55-8-191 Operation of low speed and medium speed vehicles — Prohibitions — License
§ 55-8-192 Use of mobile telephone by school bus drivers
§ 55-8-193 Excessive noise from motor vehicles
§ 55-8-194 Vanessa K. Free Emergency Services Training Act of 2005
§ 55-8-195 Rules and regulations directing truck tractors and semis to specific lanes on certain highways
§ 55-8-196 Attendance at driver education course in county of residence
§ 55-8-197 Failure to yield right of way
§ 55-8-198 Citations based on surveillance cameras
§ 55-8-199 Use of hand-held mobile telephone or personal digital assistant prohibited while driving

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 55 > Chapter 8

  • affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Authorized emergency vehicle: means vehicles of the fire department, fire patrol, police vehicles or bicycles and emergency vehicles that are designated or authorized by the commissioner or the chief of police of an incorporated city, and vehicles operated by commissioned members of the Tennessee bureau of investigation when on official business. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Bicycle: means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, either of which is more than twenty inches (20²) in diameter. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Bus: means every motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten (10) passengers and used for the transportation of persons, and every motor vehicle, other than a taxicab, designed and used for the transportation of persons for compensation. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Business district: means the territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred feet (600¢) along the highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including, but not limited to, hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings that occupy at least three hundred feet (300¢) of frontage on one (1) side or three hundred feet (300¢) collectively on both sides of the highway. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Certified police cyclist: means any full time, sworn law enforcement officer who is certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association or has otherwise been certified by the Tennessee peace officer standards and training commission as having received and successfully completed appropriate bicycle training in the performance of law enforcement functions. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Chauffeur: means every person who is employed by another for the principal purpose of driving a motor vehicle and every person who drives a school bus transporting school children or any motor vehicle when in use for the transportation of persons or property for compensation. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of safety. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of revenue. See Tennessee Code 55-1-111
  • common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Controlled-access highway: means every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same, except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over the highway, street or roadway. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Crosswalk: means :

    (A) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101

  • defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the department of safety. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Department: means the department of revenue. See Tennessee Code 55-1-111
  • Driver: means every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Highway: means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way when any part thereto is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Highway: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Intersection: means :

    (A) The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways that join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the areas within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101

  • jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lands: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Laned roadway: means a roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Local authorities: means every county, municipal and other local board or body having authority to enact ordinances or make regulations relating to traffic under the constitution and laws of this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Low speed vehicle: means any four-wheeled electric vehicle, excluding golf carts, whose top speed is greater than twenty miles per hour (20 mph) but not greater than twenty-five miles per hour (25 mph), including neighborhood vehicles. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Manufacturer: means every person engaged in the business of constructing or assembling vehicles of a type required to be registered at an established place of business in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Medium speed vehicle: means any four-wheeled electric or gasoline-powered vehicle, excluding golf carts, whose top speed is greater than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) but not more than thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph) and otherwise meets or exceeds the federal safety standards set forth in 49 CFR 571. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • Motor vehicle: means every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium-speed vehicle that is self-propelled, excluding motorized bicycles, and every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium speed vehicle that is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Motor-driven cycle: means every motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor that produces not to exceed five (5) brake horsepower, or with a motor with a cylinder capacity not exceeding one hundred twenty-five cubic centimeters (125cc). See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Motorcycle: means every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, including a vehicle that is fully enclosed, has three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, weighs less than one thousand five hundred pounds (1,500 lbs. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Official traffic-control devices: means all signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Operator: means every person, other than a chauffeur, who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon a highway or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Owner: means a person who holds the legal title of a vehicle, or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof, with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then the conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Pedestrian: means any person afoot or using a motorized or non-motorized wheelchair. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Person: means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Police officer: means every officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Private road or driveway: means every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner, but not by other persons. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Railroad: means a carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Railroad sign or signal: means any sign, signal or device erected by authority of a public body or official or by a railroad and intended to give notice of the presence of railroad tracks or the approach of a railroad train. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Railroad train: means a steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails, except streetcars. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Residential district: means the territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on the highway for a distance of three hundred feet (300¢) or more is in the main improved with residences. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Right-of-way: means the privilege of the immediate use of the roadway. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Roadway: means that portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Safety zone: means the area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and that is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • School bus: means every motor vehicle owned by a public or governmental agency and operated for the transportation of children to or from school or privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of children to or from school. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Semitrailer: means every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Sidewalk: means that portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Solid waste vehicle: means any vehicle engaged in the collecting and transporting of municipal solid waste as defined by §. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Street: means the entire width between boundary lines of every way when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Streetcar: means a car other than a railroad train for transporting persons or property and operated upon rails principally within a municipality. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Through highway: means every highway or portion of the highway at the entrance to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to stop before entering or crossing the same and when stop signs are erected as provided in this chapter. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Tractor: means any self-propelled vehicle designed or used as a traveling power plant or for drawing other vehicles, but having no provision for carrying loads independently. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Traffic: means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Traffic-control signal: means any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Trailer: means every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Truck: means every motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • Truck tractor: means every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Vehicle: means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105