Update: New House Bill proposals would reduce the BAC limit of 0.08 to 0.05 in Michigan. More here.
It’s common knowledge that drinking and driving in the state is illegal. But do you know all the laws pertaining to this topic? We cover the topic often because we think it’s that important to Michigan residents to understand. Grand Rapids car accident attorney, Tom Sinas, and Bryan Waldman, Michigan personal injury lawyer, both appeared in the media recently to discuss drunk driving laws in Michigan.
Ins and Outs of Drunk Driving Laws in Michigan
Operating a vehicle with the blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher in Michigan is a crime. Not only is driving with a BAC of .08 or higher illegal, it’s also expensive. From beginning to end, the average DUI charge will cost offenders an average of $10,000. That’s a lot of money! But that’s just the beginning of your problems.
If you injure or kill someone as the result of your drinking and driving, it automatically becomes a felony charge. While a drunk driving accident causing injury results in a five-year felony charge, an accident causing death results in up to a 15-year felony.
- Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher: misdemeanor
- Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher resulting in injury: 5-year felony
- Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher causing death: Up to 15-year felony
Implied Consent and Driving in Michigan
When you operate a vehicle in Michigan, you are implicitly consenting to have a breathalyzer conducted should a police officer suspect you are driving under the influence. Refusing to do so could result in an automatic 6 points added to your license or having it confiscated completely.
“Super Drunk” and Driving
Michigan law defines the term of “super drunk” as a blood alcohol of .17 or more. When you are pulled over at this level, your driving ability are obviously very impaired. Therefore, penalties are harsher, such as increased jail time, more fines, and a longer suspension of her driver’s license.
Drunk driving laws in Michigan are in place to keep residents safe. Always opt for a designated driver or avoid drinking and driving completely.