Motorists 50 and older in Michigan could get a financial
perk for sharpening their driving skills under a bill moving through the
The Senate Transportation Committee has approved a bill that
would allow automobile insurance companies to offer a premium discount to
drivers who are 50 and older. The benefit would only apply to personal
The bill - HB5661 - has been forwarded to the Senate floor
for consideration. If approved there, it would head back to the House for final
Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nofs, R-Battle Creek, the measure
provides for the discount if a driver successfully completes a certified
traffic safety course. The safety discount would last for three years. To
extend the discount, people would need to retake the course.
"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