The new year brought new laws for Tennesseans.
Here are some of the highlights.
Click here to read about all 16 of the new laws that took effect Jan. 1.
The Chattanooga Police Department and NewsChannel 9 highlighted a new law that means area drivers can’t have colored lights.
In case you missed it…As of January 1, 2018, vehicle headlights (& any forward facing lights) must be white or amber….
After a local school bus crash left six children dead, lawmakers passed a law that changes the requirements for bus drivers.
School bus drivers must now be 25 years old. The driver of the Chattanooga bus, Johnthony Walker, was 24 at the time of the crash.
“The law also requires a school bus driver safety program, five consecutive years of driving experience for drivers, and appointment of school district and charter school transportation supervisors,” according to The Tennessean.
No cellphones in school zones
Drivers who use phones while going through an active school zone will now face a fine.
That includes texting and talking on the phone. Click here for more information.
Free speech on college campuses
Lawmakers also updated a rule about free speech on college campuses. Click here to read about that.