Michigan drivers owing responsibility fees catch a break

Some Michigan drivers who owe driver-responsibilty fees are catching a break. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law last week that forgives those fees. And in localities where automated ticketing is used, the courts are starting to push back on machines that automatically issue speeding tickets and red-light fines.

Michigan’s responsibility fees were enacted in 2003 to create funds that went for state infrastructure and fire fighting. The program mandated those fees for certain offenses on top of traditional traffic fines, and were promoted as a way to improve traffic safety and save lives. The most common violations, however, turned out to be driving without insurance and driving with a suspended license, according to the state.