Driver Responsibility Highlights

What is Driver Responsibility

  • Public Act 165 of 2003, known as the Driver Responsibility Law, took effect October 1, 2003. This law was amended by Public Act 52 of 2004, Public Act 460 of 2008 and Public Act 255 of 2012.

    Its purpose is to encourage traffic safety by deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Other states, including New Jersey and Texas, have implemented similar laws. Michigan's Driver Responsibility Law calls for a monetary assessment for drivers who:

    • Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses, or
    • Accumulate seven or more qualifying points on their driving records

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