I myself have not spent a whole lot of time in Michigan, but for the few brief hours I was there, I had a blast (drove from Chicago to Detroit for a concert, then left immediately afterward to go to Cleveland for another concert by the same artist the next night [whom I had also seen the previous night whilst in Chicago]). However, there are plenty of people in MI who have had experiences that were far less rad.
Traffic laws in the Great Lakes State are some of the most severe in the United States. This puts plenty of folks in danger of being brought down by The Man at the drop of a hat (or the press of a gas pedal). In particular, Michigan’s traffic laws pertaining to “impaired driving” are exceptionally harsh. One arrest on an impaired driving charge in the state results in a lifetime revocation of driving privileges. Of course, drinking (or doing other things to render yourself “impaired”) and driving is a terrible idea and no one should ever do it, so maybe they’re on to something. “One strike and you’re out” seems to be a pretty good way to discourage trouble.
How do I know all this wonderful, funderful information about Michigan’s driving laws? Because there are a group of attorneys in Kalamazoo, MI, with a website that will tell you all about it. Now, it seems to me that if you’re in need of these cats’ services, you probably already know how harsh the penalties can be—they’re preaching to the choir, if you will. But, their website does provide a look at these laws that is far easier to understand than the laws themselves as they’re written? Ever tried to read even the (seemingly) simplest of laws in its true “legalese” form? Might as well be written in Sanskrit.