Americans love to drive, whether for work, education or to simply get from place to place throughout our busy lives. There is a freedom from sitting behind the steering wheel of a car that is unlike any other, even during a simple drive to the store. Once we are licensed to drive, and feel those restrictions peel away, the thought of ever losing our ability to drive is way beyond reason. We just can’t – we love to drive… but it does happen.
Each state in the U.S. has its own driving laws and regulations that could cause you to lose your driver’s license. In Michigan, losing your driver’s license usually occurs in one of three ways:
- License restriction: you can only drive under certain conditions, such as with an ignition interlock or car breathalyzer.
- License suspension: you cannot drive under any circumstances for a brief period of time.
- License revocation: your right to drive is completely terminated.
There are many routes to losing your license in Michigan. You could lose your license for driving while intoxicated (DWI), causing a death by a hit-and-run accident, death of a construction worker when not using proper caution in a construction zone, death caused by failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, or driving with an already suspended or revoked license. If you are a juvenile driver joyriding and underage drinking can cause you to lose your license, as well.
After tasting the freedom of driving, nobody wants to lose their driver’s license, and perhaps with the automotive history in Michigan, the desire to drive is just that much stronger across the state. Just by simply following the rules of the road and staying sober when driving, we can be sure that our driver’s licenses will remain in good standing and our roads and highways and to freedom will remain untouched.