In Michigan, it's a pain in the ass, but it can be done. If you catch someone violating the law, for instance say.....running a light way after it turned red.... then if you get the license, make, model description, of course the license plate will tell you that, you can then file a formal complaint at your local donut shop and they will investigate it.
Here's the tricky part. You MUST be able to identify the driver of the vehicle. I.E. if they put Joe A-Hole in a room with ten other random A-Holes you must be able to pick him out. Otherwise the guy can just say, "hey it wasn't me", "I was working that day", or "I loaned my car out to a buddy", or any old excuse and he is off the hook. If you can positively identify him, you can legally pursue him, but it's not enough just to get his plate.
Problem is you will probably end up taking a day off work to identify him, and probably another day to sit in his court case should you be called upon as a witness. Otherwise, most likely, he will walk. Remember "INNOCENT until proven guilty". I don't recommend the "Kick his car" concept eventhough it crosses my mind almost daily. I did forget to ask when trying to arrest the red-light guy in this story what would have happened had I hit him, cause me and my big SUV were gunnin' fo him. So if there is a policeman listenning in, maybe some professional advice on the "kick the car" concept is in order. Additonally I will be by our Local Donut shop in a couple of weeks. I will ask the officer on duty what would happen.
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