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What Every Driver Must Know In Michigan


As part of our promise to make sure that our readers know about every single thing that they should know in the State of Michigan. This article acts as a summary on the things that you should know from the handbook given to drivers in the State of Michigan.2019 Michigan crash facts

According to Michigan State Police, the following are the Traffic Crash Facts that every driver must know:

  • 314,376 traffic crashes were reported, of which 902 of those were fatal crashes and 53,380 resulted in personal injuries.
  • Crashes in which the driver had been drinking alcohol numbered 9,610, and 1,179 of these drivers also were suspected of using drugs.
  • A total of 2,798 crashes resulted from a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist using a cell phone.
  • The number of crashes in which the driver was using a cell phone has steadily increased over the past six years, with 749 crashes reported in 2014 and 2,778 crashes in 2019.
  • There were 1,429 people injured and 12 people killed as a result of a vehicle-deer crash. Eight of the fatalities were motorcyclists.
  • Licensed drivers ages 16-20 represented 7 percent of Michigan’s driving population. This young driver age group accounted for 10.1 percent (54,177) of drivers in all crashes and 8.6 percent (124) of drivers in fatal crashes.
  • According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of unintentional fatal injuries for children ages 1-14.

Points For Some Traffic Convictions

If you want to stay ahead of the knowledge base, the following are points for some traffic convictions that you should know about:

Six Points:

  • Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felony involving use of a motor vehicle.
  • Operating under the influence of liquor or drugs.
  • Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Unlawful bodily alcohol content of 0.08 or more.
  • Refusal to take a chemical test.
  • Fleeing or eluding a police officer. 

Four Points:

  • Drag racing.
  • Operating while visibly impaired.
  • Under age 21 with any bodily alcohol content.
  • 16 mph or more over the legal speed limit.
  • Failure to yield/show due caution for emergency vehicles.

Three Points:

  • Careless driving.
  • Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign or improper passing.
  • 11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit.
  • Failure to stop at a railroad crossing.
  • Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard.

Two Points:

  • Open the alcohol container in the vehicle.
  • All other moving violations of traffic laws.
  • Refusal of Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) by a driver under age 21.

Why Do Your Driving Points Matter?

Every kind of traffic violation that you get convicted of in the state of Michigan would have dire consequences. You would have to pay the fine and the penalty but you also need to pay in terms of the points that will be placed on your driving records.

Your driving points will severely affect not just your record in terms of driving but will also dramatically affect your life as a citizen in the state of Michigan.

Keep in mind that each traffic violation that you are facing comes with driving points. The driving points placed on your driving record will remain for a period of two years from the date of conviction.

If you have a six or more than one point violations in your driving record, or 12 or more points on your driving record within a period of two years, you may be required to undergo a driving assessment reexamination. 

The driving assessment reexamination will be discussed in a succeeding article.

Were you pulled over in Michigan?

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