The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state.
Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a traffic citation in another state they must either provide cash on site, have their driver’s license confiscated or possibly go to jail until payment is made.
Rep. Johnson’s bill ensures states work together so that bonds and citations are appropriately settled if a driver from another state is issued a traffic citation.
“This change is a common-sense provision that protects Michigan law enforcement officers and travelers from having to engage in an uncomfortable roadside cash transaction,” said Johnson. “In addition, my bill ensures that out-of-state drivers are afforded the same privileges in Michigan if their home state is part of this agreement.”
By entering into an agreement with other states, Michigan and out-of-state drivers will be protected from adverse traveling requirements and laws.
House Bill 6012 advances to the Senate for consideration.