Older motorists in Michigan could get a financial perk for
sharpening their driving skills under a bill moving through the statehouse.
House lawmakers voted 106-0 to approve a bill that would
allow automobile insurance companies to offer a premium discount to drivers at
least 50 years of age. The benefit would only apply to personal vehicles.
Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nofs, R-Battle Creek, the measure
provides for the discount if a driver successfully completes a certified
traffic accident prevention driver safety course. The safety discount would
last for three years. To extend the discount, drivers would need to retake the
“This bill provides two key benefits,” Nofs said in a
written statement. “First, it helps ensure that we have safe drivers on the
road. Secondly, it allows those who take the initiative to keep their driving
skills up-to-date, to receive a discount on their auto insurance.”
A companion bill would require the Michigan Secretary of
State to certify the safety course if it meets the criteria set in Nofs’ bill.
Sponsored by Rep. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, the companion
bill – HB5663 – is in the Senate Transportation Committee. The House approved
Nofs’ bill – HB5661 – is in the Senate Banking and Financial