Canadian Driver’s That Get A Speeding Ticket In Michigan

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With so many exciting attractions and events every year, Michigan is a fantastic place to travel for vacation.  Every year many Canadians cross the border and travel to Michigan to enjoy the sites and tourist spots.  Whether you’re in Michigan for business or pleasure, it is a good idea to know Michigan’s unique rules of the road, especially when it comes to speeding.

One of the most common tickets issued to Canadian drivers in Michigan are speeding tickets.  For Canadian drivers it’s important to know the speed limit of the road you are on in Michigan and obey the laws.  This is because the State of Michigan has a reciprocity agreement with Canada that allows points to transfer between Canada and Michigan.

Many Canadians are under the false impression that points don’t transfer to Canada, however this could not be further from the truth.  Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has an agreement with Michigan where Michigan drivers that receive a traffic ticket in Canada will have that offense communicated back to the Michigan Motor Vehicles Department and Canadian drivers that receive traffic tickets in Michigan will have that offense communicated back to Canada.  The number of demerit points that are applied against your Canadian license will depend on the offense that you are being charged with in Michigan.

The maximum speed limit in Michigan on highways is generally 70 MPH.  If you are driving above that speed then you know that you are breaking the law with respect to speeding.  Many drivers believe that if they stay with the flow of traffic they will not risk getting a ticket.  The truth is that many drivers on a highway may speed and drive over the limit however police officers are not capable of pulling every speeder over and issuing them a ticket.  It may be unfair to be picked out in a group of speeders, but at the end of the day you have broken the law and may be found guilty of the charge.

What Should I Do If I Am Charged With A Traffic Ticket In Michigan?

Your first step is to consult with an attorney about your traffic violation matter.  A skilled and experienced traffic defense attorney will be able to inform you about your matter and let you know what kind of exposure you are dealing with as far as points and fines.

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This post was written by Adam H. Rosenblum Esq.

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  • George
    September 4, 2019

    I got an “impede driving” ticket with 0 points. Will Ontario insurance companies see this?

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 5, 2019

      While this is a 0 demerit point violation, it may none-the-less appear on your drivers abstract.

  • Sudhir
    September 24, 2017

    I was over 8 mph on highway 94 . With tractor and trailer. I have a ticket that shows local court bond $0.00 . Its a ticket or warning.

    • RLF Attorneys
      September 27, 2017

      Sudhir – In order to properly give you advice I would like to review the ticket you are referring to. Please contact me at 888-883-5529 so I may provide you with instructions on submitting your ticket to us.

  • Tim
    June 19, 2017

    I got a 13mph over in construction zone on 94 in Jackson. Was in a tractor trailer. Not sure if I should fight it.

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 27, 2017

      This 4 point ticket will carry a fine of $600, a court fee of $93, and likely a substantial impact to your insurance rates. I therefore suggest you contest this ticket to avoid / mitigate these consequences.