Repeal of antiquated law supported by Michigan State Police
The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to eliminate the requirement that nonresidents must pay in cash if stopped and cited for traffic violations in Michigan.
“An antiquated law was burdening law enforcement with taking cash at traffic stops but only for out-of-state residents,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “When officers collect the cash, the funds are immediately taken in and reported. This requirement takes time away from patrolling and can be misperceived by visitors to our state.”
Currently, law enforcement is required to take cash at the roadside to ensure the out-of-state driver’s appearance in court unless provided with a guaranteed appearance certificate provided to an officer of the court. The driver could also have their driver’s license confiscated or possibly go to jail until payment is made.
The Michigan State Police has recommended eliminating the requirement.
House Bill 5542 advances to the Senate for consideration.