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Top 5 Most Common Traffic Violations in Michigan

Many common traffic tickets like the one this man will get can be avoided with proactive steps.Staying safe on the roads is in everyone’s best interest. However, keeping yourself or others out of danger is everyone’s responsibility. Getting a traffic ticket ends up costing drivers big time. Traffic tickets and citations cost money immediately and many carry points that end up impacting your ability to legally drive and insurance rates. 

That means traffic violations bring real long and short term costs into your life. The following are some of the most common traffic violations in Michigan. 

  1. Speeding or Speed Limit violations
  2. Operating While Intoxicated/Impaired (OWI)
  3. Reckless Driving
  4. Distracted Driving
  5. Running a Red Light or Stop Sign

These violations can carry penalties up to 6 points and over $200 in fines and fees. Keep reading to make sure you can avoid these trouble areas. 

1. Speeding

Driving above the posted speed limit means breaking the law. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,378 deaths due to speeding in 2018 alone. Make sure you keep your speed down, or you could get some hefty fines:

  • 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

2. Operating While Intoxicated/Impaired (OWI)

Even more dangerous than speeding while driving is getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that more than 10,000 lose their lives each year due to drunk drivers. As you can imagine, the fines and penalties for driving while under the influence are high, including fines of several hundred dollars, the chance to lose your license, cancelation of insurance, and jail time. 

Though smoking or experiencing the effects of marijuana in Michigan is now recreationally legal, using marijuana before or while driving is still illegal. Read more about Michigan’s new marijuana laws

3. Reckless Driving

Turning without a signal, braking suddenly, and many other disturbing driving acts can be considered reckless driving. This violation leads to thousands of accidents every year. Reckless driving can carry several points and many hundreds of dollars in fees depending on the severity of the reckless act(s). Make sure to report and reckless driving you witness on the road. 

4. Distracted Driving

Texting, talking, and many other uses of cell phones lead drivers to drive with less attention. Distracted driving comes when anything pulls the driver’s attention away from the conditions of the road. In 2017 alone, Michigan had more than seven thousand distracted driving-related crashes. Reading, writing, and sending text messages while in the driver’s seat is illegal. The citation for distracted driving can be around $100. 

5. Failure to Stop

Red light crashes are too common, with more than 500 deaths each year. These tickets can be expensive and tough to fight. Make sure to drive slowly and approach intersections with caution. As a side note, turning right during a red light is legal, but stay on the lookout for “no turn on red” signs that make the act illegal.

Partner with Experienced Michigan Traffic Violation Attorneys

You can prevent many of the above violations by slowing down and being cautious while you drive. Even if you normally drive safely, you may get a traffic violation or citation ticket. If you do, make sure to contact the experts at Aldrich Legal Services. We have been helping people just like you get the best outcomes, sometimes avoiding high costs and while protecting their rights. Click here for info on Michigan’s point system for traffic tickets and violations.

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