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Driver Improvement Schools

Reference Number: MTAS-1587
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: September 06, 2017
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Many courts use driver improvement schools as an alternative to requiring a defendant to pay a fine.  A judge may actually require a defendant to attend traffic school in addition to or in lieu of any other punishment. In most cases a judge will dismiss the charge upon completion of a traffic school. The court should still submit a Court Action Report. The report should be clearly marked as dismissed, with the “Traffic School” box checked. Submitting the Court Action Report will allow the courts to see if a defendant has previously had a case dismissed as a result of completing a driver improvement class.

Also, a clerk should provide a list of approved traffic schools in the county to defendants assigned to Traffic School. TCA. § 55-10-301 (b)(4).  See: http://www.tn.gov/safety/article/defensivedriving

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