3 Nashville laws tourists should know

Nashville is a unique part of the country that has a rich appeal to tourists looking for a fun time exploring the robust music scene, rich history and down-to-earth culture. There are many reasons more and more visitors are crossing state lines to have a good time in the music city. Some of the most popular attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Honky Tonk Highway and the historic Music Row, to name a few.

In 2016, approximately 13.9 million tourists came and left the city of Nashville throughout the year. In fact, within a decade, the city known for drawing a large crowd has seen an increase of visitors by 45 percent. With so much magnetism to city attractions, there usually involves lots of drinking and fewer inhibitions that may cost an unknowing visitor legal trouble if not careful.

Top laws to know when visiting Tennessee

An increase of crowds means city law enforcement and security teams are in charge of maintaining safety and order, while seizing authority over unlawful incidents. The lawsput in place affect individuals who engage in disorderly conduct, public intoxication and driving under the influence as well as other prohibited behavior.

  1. Blocking an area of public access-- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can inhibit respectful and courteous behavior, especially when it involves blocking an entrance, sidewalk and street. The law punishes such obstruction with a $200 dollar fine if found guilty.
  1. Disrupting the peace-- Engaging in disorderly conduct, obtrusive behavior and hostile recklessness by means of intoxication or otherwise is banned. Offenses result in a Class C misdemeanor with up to one month in jail and court fines.
  1. DUI offenses-- Tennessee enforces an automatic minimum of 48 hours of incarceration for first time offenses involving a DUI. Blood alcohol levels are unlawful past a limit of 0.8 percent while levels above .20 incur additional consequences.

There are many great reasons to visit state wide attractions and let loose for a long weekend or short holiday break. The key is to balance a good time while abiding to the rules put forth to protect the public and maintain order. Legal infractions can result in a burden of court summons, fines, potential jail time and more-- all of which turns a good time into a bad one.

What other laws should Tennessee enact to maintain safety in the tourist filled city of Nashville?

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