Many of my clients ask about the statistics on Michigan license reinstatement results. “What are my chances of getting my license restored? How often do they refuse?”

In response, I typically offer two truths:

  1. There really are no solid, comprehensive statistics on Michigan license reinstatements.
  2. In my case, I have a 95% win rate.  This includes unique cases. While in no way a guarantee, it does help knowing the general average of cases won.

When you combine all of these concepts, it’s clear that creating an official authority to track and compile stats on Michigan license restoration cases may be very helpful for drivers, the Michigan Secretary of State, and driver’s license restoration lawyers.

That being said, there are many other facts that lawyers may refer to in cases involving crashes, drunken-driving crashes, and license appeals.


16 Related Facts about Traffic Crashes in Michigan

Although there is no comprehensive resource for statistics on Michigan license reinstatement cases, following are other facts that are discussed frequently in relation to DUI arrests and license suspensions.

  1. Every day, about 30 people in the United States die in drunken-driving crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. More than 10,000 people die in drunken-driving crashes every year.
  3. About 1.5 million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher in each state.
  5. In 2018, there were 10,511 fatalities in crashes in which at least one driver was intoxicated.
  6. In 2018, 27% of drivers with BACs of 0.08% or higher were ages 21 to 24.
  7. Drunken-driving crashes leading to fatalities were more than 3 times higher at night than during the day.
  8. About 800 people are injured every day in drunken-driving crashes.
  9. In 2019, 365,965 Michigan driver’s licenses were suspended due to non-payment of fines or for failure to appear in court, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  10. In 2019, 30,626 people were arrested in Michigan for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Michigan Annual Drunk Driving Audit.
  11. Sanctions taken by the Michigan Secretary of State in 2019 included:
  • 4,496 denials/revocations for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor
  • 1,083 denials/revocations for Operating While Intoxicated
  • 7,252 suspensions followed by restrictions for OUIL
  • 13,501 restrictions for OWI
  1. According to the National Safety Council, 962 traffic fatalities occurred in Michigan in 2018.
  2. According to the Michigan State Police, the county with the greatest number of overall crashes in 2018 was Wayne County. It had 54,072 crashes, with 153 of them involving a fatality. The county with the next highest crash rate was Oakland County, with 40,814 crashes and 53 related fatalities, followed by Macomb County with 25,784 crashes and 52 related fatalities. Kent County comes in fourth place, with 22,307 crashes, 61 of which involved a fatality, in 2018.
  3. Of a total of 312,798 overall crashes in Michigan in 2018, nearly 108,000 were single-vehicle crashes. Rear-end crashes were the second-highest, at more than 79,000.
  4. A total of 9,786 alcohol-related crashes occurred in Michigan in 2018, with 287 fatalities and more than 3,900 injuries.
  5. More than 2,600 crashes in Michigan were related to drug use in 2018, with 220 fatalities and more than 1,200 injuries. 


Do You Need Specific Statistics on Michigan License Restoration Cases?

Despite these troubling facts and figures about traffic crashes in Michigan, drunken-driving deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades, possibly showing that efforts to stop intoxicated individuals from getting behind the wheel are working.

Although additional statistics on Michigan license restoration results would enhance findings, many governmental and nonprofit organizations track related facts and figures. 

With that in mind, if you need a certain detail about license restorations, we can work together to try to find a suitable answer. If there is anything specific you would like to know, please feel free to contact me. I’m here to help.


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