It's not an unusual sight to see cars for sale parked along the grass off the side of major highways like US-41, but the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation are reminding motorists this is illegal.
The grassy areas and ditches bordering highways like US-41, are known as clear vision areas and according to Michigan vehicle laws, must remain open. Those who violate this law can be ticketed and their vehicle could be towed.
"Potentially there could be traffic crashes," said Trooper Stacey Rasanen of the Michigan State Police. "It is a civil infraction, it costs a $125, and if there was an accident the cost of the ticket would increase."
Below you will find the entire law regarding this issue.
257.674a Clear vision areas; parking and commercial enterprises prohibited; violation as civil infraction.Sec. 674a.
(1) A vehicle shall not be parked in an area purchased, acquired, or used as a clear vision area adjacent to or on a highway right of way. A person shall not conduct vending or other commercial enterprises in a clear vision area.(2) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.
History: Add. 1967, Act 277, Eff. Nov. 2, 1967 ;-- Am. 1978, Act 510, Eff. Aug. 1, 1979 ;-- Am. 1980, Act 518, Eff. Mar. 31, 1981