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Tennessee's New Hands Free Law and Scanners

richard4537312

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Does it apply to handheld scanners? I know that most law enforcement folks would say, "Well of course it does," but take a look at the law.
https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0412.pdf
It appears that it might arguably apply only to models capable of recording audio, but I don't think that's what Nashville intended. If the scanner does not record audio, it's going to be difficult to fit it into the definition of "wireless telecommunications device" or "stand-alone electronic device."
 
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If you don't draw attention to yourself - you have nothing to worry about.

It's no different than an AM/FM Radio. Keep it out of sight and out of the way of operation of the vehicle.
 

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It’s really not rocket science, if they see you fidgeting you are gonna get pulled over, too many idiots playing on their phones lead to this


Use a Scanner with a GPS and not worry about it


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It’s really not rocket science, if they see you fidgeting you are gonna get pulled over, too many idiots playing on their phones lead to this
That's pretty much the bottom line.

In Georgia in the last 12 months, they wrote over 25,000 distracted driving tickets. Apparently, the cops are watching out for it
 

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In Georgia, it doesn't apply to HAM radios, CB, or transceivers used in the course of business.
 

kg4ere

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Unless you are trying to reprogram your scanner via front panel buttons on the fly I cannot see a scenario where you would be fooling with the controls more than a few seconds.
 

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Unless you are trying to reprogram your scanner via front panel buttons on the fly I cannot see a scenario where you would be fooling with the controls more than a few seconds.
You should be familiar enough with your scanner to operate it without ever looking at it.
 

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Here is a link to the law and paragraph 3 give definition of wireless device.

https://www.handsfreetn.com/files/pc0412.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3vZvmm5nPLyCeZg1gqUkgL0EaltPBt3sX9XSUpYpyFArjnYNuRu3fNbtU

(3) 'Wireless telecommunications device" means a cellular telephone, a portable telephone, a text-messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand-alone computer, a global positioning system receiver, or substantially similar portable wireless device that is used to initiate or receive communication, information, or data. "Wireless telecommunications device" does not include a radio, citizens band radio, citizens band radio hybrid, commercial two-way radio communication device or its functional equivalent, subscription-based emergency communication device, prescribed medical device, amateur or ham radio device, or in-vehicle security, navigation, autonomous technology, or remote diagnostics system.

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