Getting a traffic violation in Michigan is something that you do not want to experience. Other than the costs associated with it, the process of contesting it could be tedious and could affect your productivity.
With that, we have made a list of the common traffic violations in Michigan that you should know about and that you should probably steer clear of.
Common Traffic Violations in Michigan
Traffic violations in Michigan are very serious and taken seriously. The common traffic violations in Michigan are considered as common because a lot of individuals do them and there are a lot of violations listed in the state registry.
In the past year alone even with quarantine in the lockdown, the state of Michigan has listed a lot of traffic violations and it is continuously going up.
Without it is important to talk about the traffic violations that you should try to avoid and that you should try not to do.
One of the most common traffic violations in the state of Michigan and all of its counties would be speeding. The traffic violation of speeding is one that a lot of people have dealt with at least once in their life because of the very strict cameras and traffic officers that continue to follow the law and require that every single individual in Michigan do not exceed even just one mile for an hour.
Any mile above the speed limit already means that you are breaking the law and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,378 deaths due to speeding in 2018 alone.
We have already discussed in a previous article some examples of the hefty fines and penalties that are related to speeding and the state of Michigan and in its counties. Just to give you an example, the NHTSA has already listed down some of the things that Michigan residents should expect when they are caught speeding, anywhere else in the United States.
The following are the common fines and penalties:
- Driving 16+ mph over the limit or more, 4 points/$170 or more
- Driving 11-15 mph over the speed limit, 3 points/$150
- Driving up to 10 miles over the speed limit, 2 points/$125 or $135
Operating While Intoxicated
One of the more dangerous traffic violations that we do not consider as a traffic violation but as a life violation is Operating While Intoxicated.
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is one of the most common reasons why people lose their lives in a traffic accident. The centers for disease control have already listed that there are more than 10,000 lives that are lost every year because there are individuals who failed to see the wrong in driving while intoxicated either with alcohol or even with marijuana or any kind of drug.
There are a lot of penalties that are already attached to the violation for driving under the influence and we believe that they should be as strict as possible in implementing these penalties.
Without further dwelling on the penalties, it is important to note that operating a vehicle while intoxicated can lead to the following heavy fines and penalties:
- fines of several hundred dollars;
- the chance to lose your license;
- cancellation of insurance; and
- jail time.
However, we would always like to repeat that the biggest penalty that you will receive when you drive under the influence could be the possibility of losing your life or the life of other innocent people.
Another kind of common traffic violation in the state of Michigan would be reckless driving. Michigan has very strict reckless driving laws that will be discussed in another article but it is noteworthy to know that reckless driving carries several points and many hundreds of dollars in fees and it depends on the severity of the reckless acts.
Reckless driving would include suddenly breaking or driving aggressively and other disturbing driving acts.
Distracted driving is another kind of traffic violation that is potentially harmful to any person who has to face it. Distracted driving comes when a driver’s attention is pulled away from the conditions of the road to any other activity that he should not be doing in the first place.
Distracted driving has been defined in previous articles and it is noteworthy to always repeat that when you drive distracted you are not just putting yourself in danger but you are also putting others in danger. At the very least, you are putting your wallet in danger.
Failure to Stop
There are a lot of red light crashes that are common in Michigan. Annually there are more than 500 deaths that can be attributed to red light crashes. This is why tickets when it comes to red light crashes or failure to stop in traffic are considered very expensive and very tough to fight.
If you were faced with a problem of time the best thing that you can do is still do your best to follow all of the red light restrictions around the state of Michigan.
Were you pulled over in Michigan?
Now that you know some facts about getting traffic tickets in the State of Michigan, it is time to get down to it. If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights to your property, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs.
Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.
The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.
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