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Michigan relaxes driving restrictions for vintage cars

April 9, 2024

According to the way the law was previously written, a vehicle with historic or authentic license plates could only be used for “participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses, including mechanical testing, but is not used for general transportation.” The new legislation expands the definition of “exhibition” considerably.

Read more at Hagerty Media via MSN

Reducing speed limits is easier under new Michigan law

April 4, 2024
Communities concerned about their local speed limits will have more freedom to make a change under a new Michigan law.
Signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, April 2, the legislation gives municipalities more flexibility with their speed limit changes following a speed study, and reduces spending by removing a previously required engineering and safety study from the process.
Read more at mLive via MSN

Michigan cop’s mistake leads to $320,000 deal

March 4, 2024

Michigan cop’s mistake leads to $320,000 deal with Japanese man wrongly accused of drunken driving

Ryohei Akima blew a 0.02 on the test, but it was mistakenly read by the Fowlerville officer as 0.22 — nearly three times over Michigan’s blood-alcohol limit for driving.

Read more at NBC News

Traffic tickets can be profitable

September 25, 2023

Traffic tickets can be profitable, and fairness isn’t the bottom line in city courts where judges impose the fines

When city governments spend more money than they take in, officials often search for ways to generate revenue. One increasingly common source of money is traffic tickets. And research shows police officers issue more traffic tickets when cities are financially in a deficit.

Read more at WoodTV8

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Michigan's new distracted driving law

June 20, 2023

Michigan's new distracted driving law is now in effect. Here's what to know.

Michigan's distracted driving laws will change beginning June 30, 2023. Here's what you need to know about new rules aimed at reducing crashes and fatalities on the state's roadways

Read more at Detroit Free Press

What do Michigan’s hands-free driving bills mean for drivers with older cars?

June 2, 2023

There are three bills in a package passed by legislators. HB 4250 says an individual “shall not hold or use a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.” The wording expands previous regulations that prohibited texting while driving — social media use and other activities were not previously addressed.

Read more at Lansing State Journal

Trial in California hinges on question of man vs machine

November 1, 2022

Who's at fault, man or machine?" Edward Walters, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University law school who specializes in the law governing self-driving cars. "The state will have a hard time proving the guilt of the human driver because some parts of the task are being handled by Tesla.”

Read more at Reuters

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Michigan's 'super drunk' law’s impact draws mixed reviews

May 2, 2022

Not every expert thinks the potential additional penalties are curbing the number of drunken driving incidents.

Matt Saxton, who is the CEO of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, said he hasn’t seen fewer intoxicated drivers as a result of the super drunk law.

Read more at LenConnect.com

New Michigan drunk driving expungement laws now in effect

February 26, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan who have just one drunk driving offense on their record may soon be eligible to have their records cleared. The bipartisan expungement bills were signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last August and went into effect Feb. 19.

Read more at abc12.com

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New Michigan laws in 2022: Tampon tax repeal, 2-year vehicle registration

January 1, 2022

Lawmakers will undoubtedly pass hundreds of bills in 2022, but here's a look at some of their work that goes on the books in the coming months

Read more at Detroit Free Press

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