Statement from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Common-sense option to those with Driver’s Responsibility Fees

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation today giving drivers the option to use community service as a way to pay for Driver Responsibility Fees starting in January:

“I support giving hardworking Michigan families the option to invest in their communities through volunteering as a way of addressing costly Driver Responsibility Fees.

“This is a common-sense option that addresses a double penalty for drivers who already have to pay fines, court costs and, often, higher insurance rates for violations.”

Johnson voted against the creation of the fees in 2003 when she served in the Michigan House. She has worked to see them reduced and in 2011supported the repeal of $150 and $200 Driver Responsibility Fees for minor violations.

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