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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-07-2004, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Michigan Traffic Laws?

Anybody out there familiar with the traffic laws in MI? I got pinched over there on Friday for 10 over and I've got a few?'s

1) Do they (MI courts) have anything like supervision, where one can basically behave for a period of time and the ticket stays off your record? If they do not, can one still get supervision in IL on a ticket written in MI?

2) Do they communicate with IL on traffic violations? If I just send the $100 and plead guilty, will it show up on IL records, and therefore my insurance?

3) I've seen a number of peeps on this board recommend a specific attorney for traffic violations... Who are they? What are the costs? What kind of results should I expect?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Well I just moved here from Michigan. I've lived there for 23 years. Here's some of your answers.

1.) Michigan has the option for supervision, but they may only us it 1 out of a million times. You have to ask for it and you're most likely not going to get it. You can't get get Il supervision because it's was a michigan ticket. they don't cross over.

2.) Yes the ticket in Michigan will cary over to Il. The points will go on your license and it will be on there for 2 years.

3.) I don't know of any attournies, but for a 10 over ticket you are looking at 2points, which is the smallest you can get. If you are willing to make the trip go and fight it yourself. Hope the cop doesn't show (rarely happens) when he does show talk to him BEFORE YOU ENTER THE COURT ROOM and ask if he will drop the offense to a lesser charge so you don't get points.

If were on the hightway, have him change it to 75 in a 70. You will still have to pay the fine, but you won't have points.

I have 2 tickets that total 4 points on my license from michigan. I have changed cars, and moved states and the insurance company still hasn't noticed yet. Stay low and they may never know.

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Where did you get the ticket (what city), what was the posted speed limit, what speed were you actually going, what speed did the cop actually clock you at?

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I just got back from kalamazoo michigan. And why does everyone from michigan drive 70mph or slower on the highway when the speed limit is 70?


Illinois people are hitting 85 90 in our 55 limit
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normal michigan speed is 75 in 70. We drive slower because when we get tickets we get the points and then our insurance doubles. It's too expensive to speed there.

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Troy,

The Michigan ticket will show up on your Illinois record, or at least mine did on that fateful day that I got nab twice in less than an hour, in two different countries! One in the UP, another in Northern Ontario, 45 minutes later.

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normal michigan speed is 75 in 70. We drive slower because when we get tickets we get the points and then our insurance doubles. It's too expensive to speed there.
Really? I always felt 80 in a 70 was fair game and I've never been pulled over on a freeway in MI. Actually i drove in MI for 8 years (grew up in SW Detroit suburbs) and only got 2 tickets in over 100,000 miles of driving and always went 10-15 over the speed limit. IMO - everyone drives faster there and you can get away with it.

IF you think MI and IL state patrol are tough.... try Iowa. 2 tickets in 3 months here. I'm relagated to driving no more than 5mph over the limit for at least 1 year now.
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Where did you get the ticket (what city), what was the posted speed limit, what speed were you actually going, what speed did the cop actually clock you at?
Thanks for the info!!

I got the ticket about 10 miles south of St Joseph on the Red Arrow Highway. Ticket was written for speed of 65 & says posted limit was 55 (even though I saw signs at 45 nearby). Actual speed on radar was 74 & radar locked at 73.

Ticketing officer was pretty laid back (State Patrol) but wouldn't let me go with just a warning. He did state that because he was writing it for only 10 over that no points would be counted against my license. Not sure I understand that fully...

One of the options on the ticket is to mail in a guilty plea with an explanation. I'm considering doing that and requesting supervision in my letter of explanation. It is my 1st ticket since '98 so I'm hoping my odds of getting supervision are decent.

Any other suggestions from anyone?

P.S. cherrypicker, you are dead right about IA. I grew up in Dubuque and it seems the absence of other criminal activity in the area provides the local law enforcement folk with more than their fair share of time spent patrolling traffic!
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