Recreational Marijuana Is Legal, Driving While High Isn’t

Authored by Michigan personal injury attorney, Brian McKenna.

While Michigan voters opted to legalize many aspects of marijuana consumption in a November 2018 ballot initiative, driving while high remains illegal. Means of prohibition enforcement, however, remains murky.

Michigan law adheres to a strict “zero-tolerance” policy for drivers who have any amount of the drugs listed on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act in their system. These substances include marijuana and its active ingredient, THC. However, in People v Koon, ...

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Are Trampoline Parks Safe? Everything Parents Should Know

In recent years, the popularity of trampoline parks has grown significantly. Less than a decade ago, there were only three trampoline parks across the United States. Today, that number has increased to over 800. The rise in popularity of trampoline parks and attractions can be cause for concern for many parents. Are trampoline parks safe? With such a rapid expansion of trampoline park attendance, it is not surprising that injuries at these establishments have increased dramatically among children as well.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month – History, Involvement, & Resources

The topic of sexual assault is everywhere in the news lately. Society is moving toward open discussion and meaningful conversation regarding this rampant issue. With an average of one in three women and one in six men encountering some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, stats show this conversation is long overdue. Part of the solution to altering these grim statistics is keeping the discussion alive and in the public spotlight. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) focuses on ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety – Michigan Designated Driver Services

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday notoriously celebrated in the United States with the excessive consumption of green beer. In fact, in 2017, MSP reported the most alcohol-related car crashes in Michigan occurred on St. Patty’s Day. For those who choose to go out and celebrate, it’s important to know the risks involved and research available designated driver services in your area to ensure St. Patrick’s Day safety for yourself, your friends, and other Michigan motorists.

Zero-Limit Policy for St. ...

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Michigan Snowmobile Laws – Keeping Riders Safe This Winter

Michigan winters can oftentimes last for what seems like forever. However, there’s still tons to do outside in Michigan during the winter. For those who enjoy recreational winter activities, such as snowmobiling, this is a time of year we look forward to. Though snowmobiling is a fun activity, it’s important to know the Michigan snowmobile laws that help keep you safe. Michigan State Police reported 14 deaths the 2017-2018 snowmobiling season, which is actually a lower fatality rate compared to previous ...

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Drive Safe Michigan – Private Property Stop Signs and Emergency Vehicle Passing

Update: New emergency passing law goes into effect on February 13, 2019.

Anyone who’s taken a driver’s training class knows the basic laws that govern Michigan roads. But most of us fail to keep ourselves up-to-date as these regulations change. As part of our commitment to helping Michigan residents better understand the law, we’re starting Drive Safe Michigan. This campaign focuses on sharing traffic law information in an effort to improve Michigan roads and driving.

Michigan car accident attorney, Steve Sinas, ...

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Michigan Roundabouts – Dangerous Intersections or a Step Toward Safety?

As part of our ongoing Understanding Dangerous Roads campaign, we’re turning our focus momentarily to roundabouts and their prevalence at dangerous intersections in Michigan. The first Michigan roundabout – a circular road design that requires entering traffic to yield to vehicles already in the circle traveling counterclockwise – was built by the Oakland County Road Commission in 1996. Today, there are more than 100 roundabouts along our state’s roads.

Crash Reduction Rates at Dangerous Intersections

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Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet – Dangerous or a Rider Necessity?

In an increasingly connected world, it’s no wonder hands-free communication is essential for operators of both automobiles and motorcycles. And for motorcyclists, the newest player on the scene is the Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. These helmets wirelessly connect rider-to-rider, or rider to their mobile device. Once connected, riders are alerted to incoming calls, can listen to music, or receive navigation instructions.

Without a doubt, hands-free connectivity is important for keeping eyes on the road. After all, nothing is scarier than seeing someone ...

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Semi-Truck Side Guards: Do They Reduce Crash Fatalities?

Michigan semi-truck accident injuries can be devastating, and are often fatal. This is not only due to the sheer weight and size of the trucks, but also because smaller vehicles can slide underneath these large trucks, resulting in even more catastrophic injuries. There are, however, ways to help reduce this type of tragedy, including the use of semi-truck side guards.

Right now, long-haul commercial trucks in the United States are only required to have rear under-ride guards. These devices (also ...

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Michigan Speed Limit Increase: Will Roads Become More Dangerous?

The speed limit on certain stretches of Michigan interstates is increasing to 75 mph, while it jumping to 65 mph on other state highways. This Michigan speed limit increase began taking effect gradually on May 1, 2017.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the speed limit on more than 600 miles of freeways is being boosted from 70 to 75 mph, while it going up to 65 mph on another 938 miles of state roadways. Speed limit signs ...

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