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Careless Driving in Michigan

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Michigan citizens are frequently issued the Careless Driving charge by police officers. Careless driving occurs when a driver is not driving safely, including text-messaging while driving, excessively speeding and driving dangerously. According to the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, the civil infraction Careless Driving charge is defined as “a person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream, or pond or other place open to the general public including an area designated for the parking of vehicles in a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property, but without wantonness or recklessness, is responsible for a civil infraction.”

Per MCL 257.626b.

Police officers in Michigan enforce the traffic laws to keep everyone on the road safe. As a means of accountability, the state has a penalty points system. When convicted of a traffic violation, points are posted to your driving record. If a driver accumulates 12 points in a two-year period, a person’s license is suspended.

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The Michigan Criminal Jury Instruction definition of negligence states that “ordinary negligence means not taking reasonable care under the circumstances as they were at the time.  If someone does something that is usually dangerous, something that a sensible person would know could hurt someone, that is ordinary negligence.  If the defendant did not do what a sensible person would have done under the circumstances, then he is guilty of ordinary negligence.”

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We are careless driving attorneys. If you have been charged with a civil infraction for careless driving, contact us immediately. We help you take care of careless driving tickets in addition to other traffic related violations.