Michigan, like so many other states, has fines that are at times quite steep. There are people who just don’t bother to pay fines, but there are others who simply can’t pay the fine.
From Howard Bashman’s How Appealing blog, “Judge: Stop unfairly suspending Michigan driver’s licenses”:
Back in December 2017, Niraj Warikoo of The Detroit Free Press had an article headlined “A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction halting the suspension of driver’s licenses in Michigan for people too poor to pay off court debts from traffic tickets, a decision that could impact about 100,000 residents.” The majority on a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued this decision reversing the district court’s preliminary injunction. Circuit Judge Bernice Bouie Donald once again ends her dissenting opinion with “I dissent!”