State of Tennessee says to Ridge Ride?
This chapter summarizes Tennessee State statutes related to speed.
General Reference: Tennessee Code Annotated and Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (RRST)
Basis for a Speed Law Violation:
Basic Speed Rule: Note: This State does not have a law establishing a basic speed rule.
Statutory Speed Limit:
70 MPH for on interstate highways '55-8-152(d)
65 MPH on all other highways or roads1 '55-8-152(a) & (d)
Posted (Maximum) Speed Limit:
I. The State Department of Transportation is authorized to lower the above speed limits on the State system of roads and highways. '55-8-152(g)(1)(A)
II. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, the State Department of Transportation may lower the speed limits in business, urban or residential districts. '55-8-153(a)
III. Local governments may lower the maximum speed limits on roads and streets under their jurisdiction. ''55-8-152(g)(1)(C) & 55-8-153(d)
IV. The State Department of Transportation may establish a safe maximum speed limit for any bridge or elevated structure. '55-8-156(b)
V. Based on engineering investigations, a local government may establish special speed limits adjacent to schools. This limit cannot be <15 MPH.2 '55-8-152(e)(1) & (2)
VI. The State Department of Transportation may establish special speed limits at school entrances and exits and from controlled access highways. '55-8-152(d)(1)(C)
Minimum Speed Limit: I. No person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. '55-8-154(a)
II. On interstate and four-lane controlled-access highways, it is unlawful for a person to operate a motor vehicle in the left lane at a speed <55 MPH. '55-8-152(d)
III. A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. '55-8-115(b)
Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: Based on engineering and traffic investigations, the State Department of Transportation or a local government may establish a minimum speed limit for a highway. '55-8-154(b)
Other: I. No person shall operate a vehicle with solid rubber or cushion tires >10 MPH. '55-8-156(a)
II. When transporting pupils, no person shall operate a school bus either (1) > the posted speed limit or (2) >35 MPH on unpaved roadways. '49-6-