The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 70, Trucks 60
Urban Interstates: Cars 70, Trucks 60
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 70, Trucks 60
Unposted roads are a default 55 mph, except that unposted streets within subdivisions are 25 mph.
Absolute (Exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se--regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions): State highways (I, US, and M routes) and almost all county roads (all non-state roads outside cities and some major roads within cities)
Presumed (Driving faster than the speed limit is only evidence of unreasonable speed--you can still argue that your speed was safe under the specific conditions): Speed limits on city streets
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: No
Ticket Payment Options
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
The driver of a motor vehicle involved in an accident that injures or kills any person, or that damages property to an apparent extent totaling $1,000.00 or more, shall immediately report that accident at the nearest or most convenient police station, or to the nearest or most convenient police officer.
(Michigan Statute 257.622, http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28ahaxhbbu0dsi2y45k42uz1mu%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-257-622)
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $20,000
All injuries: $40,000
Property Damage: $10,000
Michigan is a "no-fault" state
Novice Drivers: Teens with probationary licenses whose cell phone usage contributes to a traffic crash or ticket may not use a cell phone while driving.
School Bus Drivers: No special restrictions
All Drivers: Text-messaging prohibited, using primary enforcement
http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/dirs/tlinks.htm#district (Michigan Courts)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010