Driving laws vary from state to state and even from city to city. Once we take our tests as teens, most of us are done learning despite the fact that laws and rules of the road which impact Michigan drivers do change frequently. For example, thousands of Michigan drivers got their licenses in the 1980’s and long before cell phones. Today, Michigan laws have been established around the rules regarding cell phone use and driving. From tinted windows to speed limits, helmets to seat belts, laws are changing and being updated all the time and many drivers are simply unaware.
Aside from avoiding a ticket, understanding and obeying the laws is important for the safety of yourself, your passengers and others on the road as well. Take a look with us at two of Michigan’s driving laws and what they mean.
Michigan’s Emergency Vehicle Caution Law – More commonly known to some as Michigan’s Move Over law, Michigan’s Emergency Vehicle Caution Law was enacted to protect local law enforcement that may be rendering assistance on the roadside. The actual Michigan Law states that upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is a giving a visual signal by means of flashing, rotating, or oscillating red, blue, or white lights as permitted by section 698, the driver of an approaching vehicle shall exhibit due care and caution, as required under the following:
- Move over when possible (unless directed not too) when traveling in the same direction
- If not possible, slow down when traveling in the same direction
The fines associated with disobeying this law include fines and possible imprisonment depending on the severity of the consequences of the violation.
Texting in Michigan – Texting may be a fairly new thing however, since texting has existed, it has had an impact on Michigan roadways in the form of accidents. Each year thousands of accidents occur while a driver is texting. What you may not know is that texting while you drive is illegal in many states including in Michigan. While Michigan Law may not prohibit all cell phone use in general, we are one of many states which prohibit all drivers from texting while driving unless reporting a traffic accident or hazard, a situation which involves their safety, a criminal act or carrying out official duties as an officer of the law or operator of official emergency vehicle. It is also important to note that many jurisdictions may have their own local bans and restrictions. For this reason, it is best just to leave the cell phone put away while you drive.
Harris Law, PLLC is an attorney in Gaylord Michigan. Specializing in family law, criminal law, estate planning and other services, Harris Law has the experience and the skill to help you. If you live in Gaylord or Northern Michigan and are looking for an attorney to help you, we invite you to contact us today for a free consultation. Protect your rights and ensure the best outcome for your case with Harris Law. Contact us at 231.347.4444 today.