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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting Friday, Tennessee drivers caught with obscene or patently offensive bumper stickers, window signs or other markings on their vehicle visible to other drivers face an automatic $50 fine.
The law also includes movies other drivers can see playing inside of vehicles, including adult films.
Tennessee code 55-8-187 had allowed judges to decide on a fine from $2 to $50 based on their opinion.
Democratic State Representative Gary Moore, of Joelton, however, co-sponsored a House bill to stiffen the fine after he got several angry calls from constituents.
"When you get into crossing the line so to speak you do not have a right to impose your speech on other people," he said.
He also suggested people report vehicles to the police if they view something on someone else's car that they think is obscene or patently offensive.
"What a constituent can do is take a license number down and turn it into a police department," Rep. Moore said. "Then the police department can handle it from there."
Drivers have the option of fighting a ticket in court to let a judge decide if they really were in violation.