habitually bad drivers would pay up to $1,000 to keep their driving
privileges under a plan approved by the Senate June 3.
driving, reckless driving and road rage-related incidents have made
Michigan’s roads and highways more dangerous than ever,” the bill’s
sponsor, Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, said in a statement. “The
time has come for us to send a serious message to those drivers
who threaten the greater public’s safety with their reckless behavior
behind the wheel.”
would put a $100 yearly fee on people who rack up seven or more
points on their driver’s license within two years. Drivers with
more points would be charged $50 per point. Those convicted of serious
crimes, such as drunken driving or driving without a license, could
face fees between $500 and $1,000.
Michigan’s roads and highways busier than ever, we need to do something
further to get the attention of drivers with the worst driving records,”
Gilbert said. “Our message is: If you habitually ignore traffic
safety laws, it is going to cost you.”
recent Detroit News article found one of every six traffic
deaths in the state involved a driver with multiple traffic violations,
a rate exceeded by only three other states. The report also found
that between 1994 and 2001, the state ranked fourth in the nation
in the percentage of crash deaths involving drivers with bad records.
bill has been forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee.