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Tennessee Riding on Public Roads Statutes

 

 TENNESSEE CODE
TITLE 55. MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
CHAPTER 8. OPERATION OF VEHICLES--RULES OF THE ROAD

 

55-8-178. Nonmotor vehicles; animals

(a) Every driver or person having charge of any nonmotor vehicle, on any of the public roads in or of this state, on meeting and passing another vehicle, shall give one half ( 1/2 ) of the road by turning to the right, so as not to interfere in passing.

(b) When nonmotor vehicles on such roads are traveling in the same direction, and the driver of the hindmost desires to pass the foremost, each driver shall give one half ( 1/2 ) of the road, the foremost by turning to the right, and the hindmost to the left.

(c)(1) No driver shall stop a nonmotor vehicle on any of the public roads, for any cause or pretense whatever, without turning so far to the right as to leave at least one half ( 1/2 ) of the road free, open, and unobstructed for other travelers and vehicles.

(2) This subsection does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty relating to traffic control.

(d) Drivers of nonmotor vehicles on public roads shall pass each other in a quiet, orderly, and peaceable manner, and shall not make any noise intended to disturb or frighten the driver or the animals drawing nonmotor vehicles.

(e) No person shall willfully, by noise, gesture or by other means, on or near public roads, disturb or frighten the driver or rider or the animals ridden or drawing vehicles thereon.

 (f)(1) An intentional or careless violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

 (2) A willful or malicious violation of this section, whereby the death of any person is occasioned, is a Class E felony.

 (g)(1) All horse-drawn vehicles and/or equipment, whether farm or passenger, shall be equipped with a self-luminous white lamp which shall be visible from the front from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500') and with a self- luminous red lamp on the rear which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500') to the rear.

 (2) The provisions of this subsection apply only if such horse-drawn vehicle is used as the owner's primary mode of personal or farm transportation and is regularly driven upon public roads or highways or the rights-of-way thereof.

 (3) The provisions of this subsection do not apply in any county having a population of not less than three hundred nineteen thousand six hundred twenty- five (319,625) nor more than three hundred nineteen thousand seven hundred twenty-five (319,725) or of not less than eighty-eight thousand seven hundred (88,700) nor more than eighty-eight thousand eight hundred (88,800), according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census.

 

CHAPTER 9. EQUIPMENT--LIGHTING REGULATIONS
PART 4--LIGHTING REGULATIONS

 

55-9-401. Vehicles other than motor vehicles; cotton wagons; horse drawn vehicles

(a) Every vehicle other than a motor vehicle, when traveling upon a state highway, state aid road or other road, highway or street under the control of the state of Tennessee, the federal government or any political division thereof, dedicated, appropriated or open to public use or travel, shall be equipped with a light attached to and on the upper left side of such vehicle, capable of displaying a light visible five hundred feet (500') to the front and five hundred feet (500') to the rear of such vehicle under ordinary atmospheric conditions, and such light shall be displayed during the period from one-half ( 1/2 ) hour after sunset to one-half ( 1/2 ) hour before sunrise and at all other times when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible any person on the road or highway at a distance of two hundred feet (200') ahead of such vehicle.

(b) Cotton wagons used exclusively to transport cotton shall not be required to display the light described in subsection (a), but shall display:

 (1) A red tail lamp on the lower left corner of the rear of such wagon; and

 (2) A triangle-shaped slow-moving vehicle identification emblem meeting Standard S276.8 of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Such emblem shall be placed on the lower left corner of the rear of such wagon. The user of a cotton wagon shall be responsible for the proper function of the symbol or light, except for any malfunction resulting from the act or omission of another person.

(c) Horse drawn vehicles which are used on the highways primarily as means of transportation shall:

 (1) Be equipped on the top with a battery powered white strobe light of a type approved for rural mail carriers under 55-9-413 and shall have at least one hundred (100) square inches of reflector tape placed on the rear of the vehicle; or

 (2) Be equipped with two (2) reflective type lanterns, one (1) to be placed on the left side of the vehicle and one (1) to be placed on the right side of the vehicle with the lantern on the right side to be placed at least twelve inches (12") higher than the lantern on the left, and shall also have a minimum of one hundred (100) square inches of reflector tape placed on the rear of the vehicle, thirty-six inches (36") of reflector tape placed on each side of the vehicle, and twenty-four inches (24") of reflector tape placed at the highest point of the left front of the vehicle.

 (d) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.


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