Independence celebrated over holiday weekend
Laws go into effect regarding safety belt use
Placard restrictions tightened for persons
celebrated over holiday weekend
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
The skies were lighted up on Saturday and Sunday night as thousands
of fireworks were set off in celebration of America's independence.
Families across the nation gathered for cookouts and fireworks watching.
top of page
into effect regarding safety belt use
New laws regarding vehicle passenger safety restraints
took effect on Thursday, July 1.
Tennessee's seatbelt law was formerly a "secondary"
law, meaning an officer could issue a ticket if someone inside a
vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer would pull over
the vehicle for a routine traffic stop, such as for speeding or
running a stop sign, and then write out the ticket if a person inside
was not wearing the proper safety restraints.
As of July 1, however, the law changes to "primary",
giving officers the power to stop motorists specifically for the
purpose of enforcing the use of seatbelts.
Child restraint laws also changed as of last Thursday.
An abbreviated version is as follows:
Children under 1 year of age or 20 pounds or less
must be placed in a car seat, be in rear-facing position, and be
in a rear seat if available.
Children 1-3 years of age weighing more than 20 pounds
must be placed in a car seat and be in a rear seat if available.
Children 4-8 years of age and under 5 feet tall must
ride in a booster seat and be in a rear seat if available.
Children 9-12 years of age or any child more than
five feet tall before age 9 must wear a seat belt. Officials advise
these children also be in a rear seat if available.
Persons ages 13 and older are also required by law
to wear a safety belt.
Penalty for not abiding by the above laws is a Class
C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $50.
Those who would like more information about the new
law may call Kym Hearld of the Upper Cumberland Development District's
Buckle Upper Cumberland program, funded by the Governor's Highway
Safety Office, at (931) 432-4111.
top of page
restrictions tightened for persons with disabilities
In an effort to curb the abuse and misuse of disabled
parking privileges, the General Assembly recently passed legislation
that makes significant changes to the law governing the issuance
of disabled driver placards.
The following changes to the issuance of disabled
parking placards took effect July 1:
•The definition of a "disabled driver" now
includes persons whose impairments limit them from walking 200 feet
without stopping to rest.
•All persons renewing a disabled driver placard must
resubmit medical certification prior to the renewal of the placard.
•Any person who knowingly or falsely misrepresents
oneself as disabled in order to obtain a placard commits a Class
A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.
Disabled persons with placards expiring in July and
August are being notified by the Department of Safety of the change
requiring medical recertification when renewing a permanent or temporary
placard. Revised applications with a designated area for medical
certification are being sent to those affected by the change in
Permanent placards for the disabled are valid for
a period of two years. Temporary placards are issued for the estimated
duration of the disabling condition not exceeding six months, as
certified by a doctor.
For more information or to download an application
for a disabled parking placard/license plate visit www.tennessee.gov/safety.
top of page
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570