Safety Laws in MichiganPage Overview
Michigan doesn't have a statewide ban on cell phone usage while driving, although some jurisdictions have restrictions. Check with your local government for information about possible limitations in your area.
The state does, however, ban texting. This applies to all drivers, regardless of age, while behind the wheel.
Everyone riding in the front seat of a vehicle must wear a seat belt. Those 8 years old to 15 years old need to wear a seat belt in all seating positions.
If a rider is detected not wearing a seat belt, state law allows police officers to pull the vehicle over just for that reason.
When riding in a vehicle, children under 4 years old must be properly secured in an approved safety seat. Children weighing under 20 pounds must face the rear of the vehicle.
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
Note: Children are best protected by sitting in the middle of the back seat. Rear-facing child seats shouldn't be used in the front seat of a vehicle with air bags.
Headlights must be turned on from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise, and at any other time when visibility is reduced to under 500 feet.
High beams may not be used within 500 feet of approaching vehicles.
It's against the law to drive with only the parking lights illuminated.
Michigan no longer mandates helmets for all riders. To ride without a helmet, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have passed a motorcycle course within the last two years
- Carry at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance
Unlike some states, Michigan doesn't have a single, centralized number to call to report drivers who appear to be inebriated. So, to report dangerous drivers, simply call 911.
Michigan does have a specific law that addresses the issue of leaving children unattended in a vehicle (MCL 750.135a); it specifically states that no child younger than six can be left in a vehicle unattended. The person attending the child must be at least 13 years old and not be incapacitated.Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It