SENATE BILL No. 402

 

 

March 24, 2009, Introduced by Senator THOMAS and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

 

 

 

      A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

 

"Michigan vehicle code,"

 

by amending section 320a (MCL 257.320a), as amended by 2008 PA

 

463, and by adding section 602b.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

 1        Sec. 320a. (1) Until October 1, 2005, within 10 days after

 

 2  the receipt of a properly prepared abstract from this state or

 

 3  another state, or, beginning October 1, 2005, within Within 5

 

 4  days after the receipt of a properly prepared abstract from this

 

 5  state or another state, the secretary of state shall record the

 

 6  date of conviction, civil infraction determination, or probate

 

 7  court disposition, and the number of points for each, based on

 

 8  the following formula, except as otherwise provided in this

 

 9  section and section 629c:

 


 

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     (a) Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or a

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felony resulting from the operation of a motor

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vehicle, ORV, or snowmobile............................6 points

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     (b) A violation of section 601b(2) or (3),

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601c(1) or (2), 601d, or 653a(3) or (4) or, beginning

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October 31, 2010, a violation of section 601d..........6 points

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     (c) A violation of section 625(1), (4), (5),

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(7), or (8), section 81134 or 82127(1) of the

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natural resources and environmental protection act,

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1994 PA 451, MCL 324.81134 and 324.82127, or a law or

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ordinance substantially corresponding to section

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625(1), (4), (5), (7), or (8), or section 81134

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or 82127(1) of the natural resources and

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environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451,

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MCL 324.81134 and 324.82127............................6 points

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     (d) Failing to stop and disclose identity

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at the scene of an accident when required by law.......6 points

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     (e) Operating a motor vehicle in violation

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of section 626.........................................6 points

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     (f) Fleeing or eluding an officer.................6 points

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     (g) A violation of section 627(9) pertaining

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to speed in a work zone described in that section

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by exceeding the lawful maximum by more than

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15 miles per hour......................................5 points

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     (h) A violation of any law other than the

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law described in subdivision (g) or ordinance

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pertaining to speed by exceeding the lawful

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maximum by more than 15 miles per hour.................4 points

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     (i) A violation of section 625(3) or (6),

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section 81135 or 82127(3) of the natural

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resources and environmental protection act,


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1994 PA 451, MCL 324.81135 and 324.82127,

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or a law or ordinance substantially corresponding

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to section 625(3) or (6) or section 81135

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or 82127(3) of the natural resources and

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environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451,

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MCL 324.81135 and 324.82127............................4 points

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     (j) A violation of section 626a or a law

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or ordinance substantially corresponding to

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section 626a...........................................4 points

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     (k) A violation of section 653a(2)................4 points

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     (l) A violation of section 627(9) pertaining

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to speed in a work zone described in that section

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by exceeding the lawful maximum by more than 10

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but not more than 15 miles per hour....................4 points

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     (m) A Beginning October 31, 2010, a

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moving violation resulting in an at-fault

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collision with another vehicle, a person,

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or any other object....................................4 points

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     (n) A violation of any law other than the

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law described in subdivision (l) or ordinance

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pertaining to speed by exceeding the lawful

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maximum by more than 10 but not more than 15

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miles per hour or careless driving in violation

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of section 626b or a law or ordinance substantially

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corresponding to section 626b..........................3 points

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     (o) A violation of section 627(9) pertaining

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to speed in a work zone described in that section

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by exceeding the lawful maximum by 10 miles per

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hour or less...........................................3 points

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     (p) A violation of any law other than the law

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described in subdivision (o) or ordinance


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pertaining to speed by exceeding the lawful maximum

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by 10 miles per hour or less...........................2 points

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     (q) Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign,

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or improper passing....................................3 points

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     (r) A violation of section 624a, 624b, or

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a law or ordinance substantially corresponding to

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section 624a or 624b...................................2 points

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     (s) A violation of section 310e(4) or (6) or

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a law or ordinance substantially corresponding to

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section 310e(4) or (6).................................2 points

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     (t) All other moving violations pertaining to

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the operation of motor vehicles reported under

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this section...........................................2 points

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     (u) A refusal by a person less than 21 years of

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age to submit to a preliminary breath test required

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by a peace officer under section 625a..................2 points

 

 

17        (2) Points shall not be entered for a violation of section

 

18  310e(14), 311, 602b, 625m, 658, 717, 719, 719a, or 723.

 

19        (3) Points shall not be entered for bond forfeitures.

 

20        (4) Points shall not be entered for overweight loads or for

 

21  defective equipment.

 

22        (5) If more than 1 conviction, civil infraction

 

23  determination, or probate court disposition results from the same

 

24  incident, points shall be entered only for the violation that

 

25  receives the highest number of points under this section.

 

26        (6) If a person has accumulated 9 points as provided in this

 

27  section, the secretary of state may call the person in for an

 

28  interview as to the person's driving ability and record after due

 


 1  notice as to time and place of the interview. If the person fails

 

 2  to appear as provided in this subsection, the secretary of state

 

 3  shall add 3 points to the person's record.

 

 4        (7) If a person violates a speed restriction established by

 

 5  an executive order issued during a state of energy emergency as

 

 6  provided by 1982 PA 191, MCL 10.81 to 10.89, the secretary of

 

 7  state shall enter points for the violation pursuant to subsection

 

 8  (1).

 

 9        (8) The secretary of state shall enter 6 points upon the

 

10  record of a person whose license is suspended or denied pursuant

 

11  to section 625f. However, if a conviction, civil infraction

 

12  determination, or probate court disposition results from the same

 

13  incident, additional points for that offense shall not be

 

14  entered.

 

15        (9) If a Michigan driver commits a violation in another

 

16  state that would be a civil infraction if committed in Michigan,

 

17  and a conviction results solely because of the failure of the

 

18  Michigan driver to appear in that state to contest the violation,

 

19  upon receipt of the abstract of conviction by the secretary of

 

20  state, the violation shall be noted on the driver's record, but

 

21  no points shall be assessed against his or her driver's license.

 

22        Sec. 602b. (1) Except as provided in this section, an

 

23  individual shall not use a cellular telephone device, personal

 

24  digital assistant, electronic gaming device, or other electronic

 

25  device that is unrelated to the operation of the vehicle and that

 

26  has a keyboard or screen to do any of the following while

 

27  operating a motor vehicle that is in motion on a highway or

 


 1  street:

 

 2        (a) Engage in nonverbal communication with another person.

 

 3        (b) Play a game.

 

 4        (c) Enter data.

 

 5        (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to prohibit an individual

 

 6  from using a cellular telephone or other communication device to

 

 7  do any of the following:

 

 8        (a) Report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious

 

 9  road hazard.

 

10        (b) Report a situation in which the person believes his or

 

11  her personal safety is in jeopardy.

 

12        (c) Report or avert the perpetration or potential

 

13  perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another

 

14  person.

 

15        (d) Carry out official duties as a police officer, law

 

16  enforcement official, member of a paid or volunteer fire

 

17  department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.

 

18        (3) Enforcement of this section by state or local law

 

19  enforcement agencies shall be accomplished only as a secondary

 

20  action when a driver of a motor vehicle has been detained for a

 

21  suspected violation of another section of this act.

 

22        (4) An individual who violates this section is responsible

 

23  for a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $100.00.