Traffic Tickets in TennesseePage Overview
Tennessee Traffic Tickets
If you receive a traffic ticket in Tennessee, the driving infraction you committed is recorded on your driving record according to the state's point system as a way of controlling unsafe and reckless drivers in Tennessee.
Your TN driver's license can actually be suspended once you have accumulated a certain number of points (12 points within 12 months), and some driving violations go beyond just earning you a traffic ticket and points―they could cause immediate suspension or revocation of your license.
To better understand how a traffic ticket can affect you, read below for more information.
Whether intentional or accidental, there are several mistakes drivers make that often result in costly consequences―tickets and accidents. These include both moving violations and non-moving traffic violations.Pay Your Tennessee Traffic Ticket Online
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Moving violations include those traffic infractions that occur when a vehicle is in motion, and non-moving violations include traffic infractions that occur when a vehicle is not in motion.
Moving Violation Examples
Moving violations that can result in a traffic ticket include:
- Driving too fast or too slow.
- Ignoring or failing to notice road signs and changes in traffic lights.
- Not using your turn signals or failing to notice another driver's turn signals.
- Driving too close to other vehicles.
- Failing to correctly pass or attempting to prevent another driver from passing you.
Non-Moving Violation Examples
Non-moving violations that may get you a ticket include:
- Parking in front of a fire hydrant.
- Parking in a no-parking zone.
- Parking in front of an expired meter.
Receiving traffic tickets can result in a big increase in your insurance premiums, even if you take care of the tickets through standard channels, because having violations on your record can make you a higher risk driver.
The best way to avoid unnecessary rate increases is simply to be a safe driver and follow the rules of the road at all times.
Your driving record details violations and other events related to your driving history. Insurance companies view your driving record to periodically reassess your rates. Others, such as current or prospective employers, may also want to view your record if your job involves driving.
To find out how to view your complete driving history in Tennessee, please read our page about Tennessee Driving Records.
A Tennessee Defensive Driving School (DDS) can help you lower the points accumulated on your driver's license and possibly satisfy a citation.
The option of attending a DDS is determined by the judge presiding over your case.
The Non-Resident Violator Compact states that regardless of where you receive a ticket, you must meet all requirements to satisfy the ticket, including court appearances. If you do not meet the requirements, you risk having your TN driver's license suspended or revoked until the ticket has been satisfied and all fines have been paid.
This compact applies to Tennessee residents who receive tickets in other states, as well as non-residents who receive tickets in Tennessee.Other Topics in This Section