Speeding Tickets in Tennessee

Read about Tennessee’s speed limits and the consequences of getting a speeding ticket.

Tennessee has two types of speeding laws: “absolute limits” and a “basic speeding law.” This article explains the differences between the two and the consequences of a speeding violation.

Absolute Speed Limits

There is no trick to how Tennessee’s absolute speed limits work: If the absolute speed limit is 50 miles per hour and you drive faster than that, you’ve violated the law. Tennessee's absolute speed limits are:

  • 15 miles per hour in school zones
  • 65 miles per hour on most state highways and roadways, and
  • 70 miles per hour on controlled-access highways with four or more lanes that are part of the state or interstate highways systems.

Typically, absolute limits are posted.

Basic Speeding Law

Notwithstanding the absolute limits, Tennessee’s basic speeding law requires motorists to always drive at a safe speed. What a safe speed is will depend on the circumstances. For instance, 55 miles per hour might be safe on a bright, sunny day. But if it’s dark and the road is icy, going 55 miles per hour could be dangerous and a violation of the basic speeding law.

Speeding Ticket Costs and Points

The cost of a speeding ticket in Tennessee depends on where the violation occurred and by how much the driver exceeded the speed limit. But generally, a speeding violation will run the driver anywhere from $40 to $150. (Assuming the driver doesn't successfully fight the ticket.)

Typically, a speeding violation will also add points to a motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension.

Reckless Driving and Vehicular Homicide

Depending on the circumstances, a speeding violation can lead to a “reckless driving” conviction. And if a speeding violation results in the death of another person, it’s possible to be convicted of “vehicular homicide.”

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