Speed limits are posted values that drivers cannot exceed in designated locations. For example, on an interstate or highway, drivers may permissibly operate their vehicles up to or even over 55 miles per hour, depending on the limits set. However, in residential communities throughout Michigan, speed limits may be much lower to account for the higher concentration of people and homes in the area.
Driving faster than a posted speed limit is against the law. Speeding, the act of exceeding a speed limit in one’s vehicle, can be punished in different ways by the laws of Michigan. For most drivers, losing their driving privileges is one of the biggest threats of getting speeding tickets. Of course, these consequences are in addition to the charges for drunk driving.
Different penalties for different speeds
Not all speeding violations are punished the same way. For example, an individual who drives between 1 and 5 miles per hour over the speed limit may receive a minimal fine for their infraction and no points on their driving record. However, a driver who is accused of speeding more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit may receive a higher fine and up to 4 points on their driving record.
As a driver accumulates points on their driving record, their driving privileges may be jeopardized. Therefore, multiple speeding tickets can threaten a driver’s ability to commute, transport themselves and their families, and potentially work if they lose their license privileges.
Contesting and addressing allegations of speeding
Not everyone may view speeding infractions, tickets and their potential consequences as serious, but any threat to one’s driving privileges should be viewed as a significant danger to their livelihood and freedom, especially when it is combined with DUI charges. There are options for drivers who are facing the consequences of alleged speeding infractions. It is important that they talk to knowledgeable traffic and criminal defense attorneys about their potential defenses. This post does not provide any legal guidance or advice.