Public Act 165 of 2003, known as the Driver Responsibility Law, took effect October 1, 2003. This law was amended by Public Act 52 of 2004. Its purpose is to encourage traffic safety by deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Other states, including New Jersey and Texas, have implemented similar laws. Michigan's Driver Responsibility Law calls for a monetary assessment for drivers who: Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses, or Accumulate seven or more qualifying points on their driving records
Its purpose is to encourage traffic safety by deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Other states, including New Jersey and Texas, have implemented similar laws. Michigan's Driver Responsibility Law calls for a monetary assessment for drivers who:
Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses, or
Accumulate seven or more qualifying points on their driving records
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. - 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Sec. 10. No bill of attainder, ex post facto law or law impairing the obligation of contract shall be enacted.
-Sec. 10 Michigan Constitution
Sec. 15. No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy. All persons shall, before conviction, be bailable by sufficient sureties, except that bail may be denied for the following persons when the proof is evident or the presumption great.
-Sec.15 Michigan Constitution
The Michigan Responsible Driver's fee was a law introduced in 2003 as a desperate attempt to raise money to repair Michigan roads. This law completely disregards the 5th Amendment of the constitution by subjecting Michigan Citizens to two, sometime three, different penalties for a single "crime." "Crimes" such as driving without insurance, carrying 7 points on your license, and not paying your responsible driver's fee, are all subject to this law. This law is responsible for taking a single driving offense and compounding it over and over again. There is currently no opportunity to dispute this fee for drivers who have it imposed on them. The details of each offense are inconsequential and undebatable. A driver must pay the fee, or have their driving privileges revoked. With little to no public transportation in the state, this leads to unemployment due to the inability to commute to and from the work place. It also leads to citizens left with no choice but to drive with a suspended license, which in turn is punishable by more fines, and additional driver's responsibility fees. In short the law sets Michigan Citizens up for failure. Please read some of the examples that we have included of specific instances where this law has virtually ruined the lives of productive Michigan citizens.
We urge all citizens of Michigan to unite and voice your displeasure of this law to Michigan law makers. Contact your senators and state representatives and tell them your opinion of this law. Carl Levin's emailDebbie Stabenow's email Beyond that contact your state representative and voice your disapproval of this law as well. You may also sign an online petition voicing your disapproval of this law at Michigan Driver's Responsibility law petition. In addition to that, hard copies of this petition are being circulated across the state. If you would like to find out where you can sign the petition or volunteer to circulate one in your region, please email me at drivers responsibility petition . Thank you for your support in this matter and know that our rights do not have to continue to be ignored.
"I have (had) a spotless driving record. However, I couldn't afford to pay for my auto insurance a few months back (which MI forces me to carry) and as luck would have it I was pulled over for a headlight being out. I was written a ticket for that and for driving with out insurance. I borrowed and saved enough money to pay my fines and reinstate my insurance. (which I had to pay high-risk premiums for because I went without it for 30+ days) Last month I was pulled over for running through a yellow light and taken directly to jail. Apparently my license had been suspended for not paying the driver's responsibility fee. I wasn't even notified that I had to pay it. Now I owe $150.00 Drivers resp. fee for driving without insurance, up to $1,000.00 for driving with a suspended license, another $150.00 drivers responsibility fee for that, and $150.00 for running a yellow light. Not to mention the $125.00 fine that I already paid for driving without insurance. So the state is charging me $1,575.00 for the simple crime of being destitute. It's going to be awful hard for them to get that money when I can't even drive to and from work....."