Michigan Bills would end ‘awkward’ practice of police asking motorists for cash

Michigan motorists stopped for speeding in other states would no longer be required to make an immediate payment, and Michigan State Police troopers would avoid the “awkward” requirement of asking out-of-state motorists to hand over cash, under a package of bills approved by a Senate panel Thursday.

Senators were told the harsh treatment for Michigan residents stopped in other states and out-of-state residents stopped in Michigan is a result of Michigan being one of only a handful of states that does not belong to multi-state compacts for sharing information about driving convictions and other information.

Though some police agencies in other states accept credit cards, police in Michigan are required by law to either collect cash or take an out-of-state driver’s license as security, said Trooper Chris Gerard, the agency’s legislative liaison.