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Welcome to Michigan! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Michigan. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Points placed on your driver record remain there for two years from the date of conviction.
Michigan's point system does not result in license suspension. Instead, it is tied to the Driver Responsibility Program which calls for monetary sanctions for drivers who:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
If granted a restricted license, must install ignition interlock device for 1 year.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Michigan does not have a state law governing red light fines or the use of traffic cameras for red light enforcement.
All moving vehicle violations are subject to two times the original fine and up to 3 points, whether or not workers are present.
Under a separate law, reckless endangerment of workers in a roadway construction zone is punishable as follows:
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance. In heavy traffic or on freeways, signal sooner so drivers behind you have time to adjust their speed.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.