A new state law that allows some Michigan drivers to avoid points for minor traffic violations is now in effect. This law is allowing Michigan drivers to take an online Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid points for minor traffic violations. Under a state law that became effective Dec. 31, 2010, motorists ticketed for offenses such as speeding, improper passing or disobeying a stop sign may qualify to have points from the citation kept from going on their driving record by completing a course and paying court fines and costs.
Only those who meet certain conditions will receive notification of eligibility to participate in the program with the Secretary of State. The first notices to eligible drivers were mailed back in November of 2010. There are currently 10 course providers approved by the state that offer the required defensive driving curriculum. Eligible drivers have 60 days to arrange for and pass the course and may retake it as many times as necessary within that timeframe. The provider electronically notifies the Secretary of State whether drivers pass or fail. If they ultimately do not pass, the points go on their record. If they pass, the Secretary of State will not add any points. The fee for the course is determined by the provider, with the total not to exceed $100. Drivers are still responsible for paying fines and court costs involved in the traffic violation. The course may only be used once to avoid points.
A driver is not eligible if he or she:
--is in the 60-day period of course eligibility for a previous ticket.
--has already avoided points under the program.
--has a restricted, suspended or revoked license or was not issued a Michigan license.
--has three or more points on his or her record.
--held a commercial driver license or was operating a commercial vehicle at the time of the ticket.