Violating Michigan driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Michigan Secretary of State (SoS) uses a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record if you receive a traffic ticket for moving violations.
MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, careless driving, failure to stop at a railroad crossing, disobeying a school crossing guard, and improper passing at a traffic signal carry three points each. Four-point offences include drag racing, driving when impaired visually, and failure to yield to emergency vehicles. Six-point offences include fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, operating under drug or alcohol influence, and felonies involving a motor vehicle like manslaughter or homicide. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 1-10 mph:2 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 11-15 mph:3 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 16 mph or more: 4 points
View the complete Point Schedule to learn about the number of points associated with each type of moving violation.
You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:
- You will be assessed a Driver Responsibility Fee if you get seven or more points on your current driving record within one year. The fees begin at $100 for seven points and increase by $50 for every point thereafter. These must be paid to the Michigan Department of Treasury after checking your driving record. The penalty varies depending on the nature of the offence as listed here.
- You will have your license suspended if you accumulate 12 points or more on your current driving record. A notice of scheduled suspension will be mailed to you. You may be imprisoned for driving with a suspended license.
- Accumulating points on your driving license is also likely to increase your auto insurance rates. See our auto insurance section for more information about obtaining quality car insurance at competitive rates.
- Motorists who have gained more than 12 points in 2 years may be asked to undergo a Driver Assessment Re-examination before they can start driving again.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The Michigan SoS maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license, and the points remain for 2 years from the date of entry. There is no way to remove points from your current driving record. However, taking a Defensive Driving Course or Driver Assessment Re-examination may qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates.
HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may submit your defence when you appear in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.