Teen Driver Updates from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Teen Driver Updates from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
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Drivers, watch out for pedestrians & bicyclists

Summer is here and warmer weather means an increase in the number of pedestrians and bicyclists on the road. Keep these pointers in mind when driving near pedestrians and bicyclists:

  • Although bicyclists are entitled to use the road and should be treated as vehicles, you must always yield to them and pedestrians at all times, even if they are not in a crosswalk and they are crossing the street where they should not be. 
  • Pull out slowly from driveways and parking areas while watching for vulnerable road users, including children and others on the sidewalk or nearby pathways.
  • Stop fully before turning at driveways and intersections to make sure you do not cut off pedestrians or approaching bicyclists who have the right of way.
  • You should check for bicyclists and pedestrians in your path before backing up your vehicle.
  • Never turn right immediately after passing a cyclist - wait until the cyclist has completed the trip through the intersection.
  • When approaching a stopped vehicle from behind, slow down and do not pass until you are sure there are no pedestrians or bicyclists crossing in front of it. You may not pass a vehicle stopped for a crosswalk even on multi-lane roads.
  • Yield to anyone crossing the street when turning left on a green light.
  • Watch for surprising changes in direction, especially by children or cyclists avoiding road hazards.
  • Leave sufficient space when passing vulnerable road users and take every possible precaution to avoid a collision.
  • Be especially cautious near schools or residential areas where children and bicyclists may be present.
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"Safe driving involves more than learning the basics of operating a vehicle and memorizing the rules of the road. Safe driving also requires good judgment and reflexes, experience, patience and common sense."

Ruth Johnson
Secretary of State

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Obey the Move Over Law!

When you see an emergency vehicle or tow truck pulled over with its emergency lights on, by law you must move over at least one lane or two vehicle widths.

If you can't move over, you must slow down. Violators face fines and jail.

Learn more.

Photo by Michigan State Police

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ProtectMiChild.com is a helpful tool for parents

With Internet devices and games accessible to children as young as pre-school age, today's online world opens a floodgate of information and opportunity, not all of it suitable for children and teens. 

The Michigan Child Protection Registry, ProtectMiChild.com, a free online resource hosted by the Secretary of State website, allows parents to block ads and materials meant for adults from their children’s laptops, smart phones and other electronic devices.