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Crosswalks


At designated crosswalks, drivers must stop for pedestrians stopped at the curb, at the curb ramp, or within a crosswalk. Pedestrians crossing a roadway at any point other than a designated crosswalk shall yield right-of-way to all vehicles.


Domestic Violence


Ann Arbor's domestic violence law requires police to arrest a person "when the officer has reasonable cause to believe that person has, within the previous 24 hours, assaulted a spouse, former spouse, or other person residing or having resided in the same household, if the victim has visible signs of injury from the assault or if the assailant used or threatened to use a dangerous weapon." An arrest can be made even without the victim wanting to prosecute.

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Landlords & Tenants


By law, landlords must give their tenants the city-produced booklet Rights and Duties of Tenants or face fines of up to $500. The booklet is available at the city clerk's office. One booklet per rental unit is available free of charge to landlords and tenants.

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Landscaping


The owner of every parcel of land is responsible for "grading, planting, mowing and raking the lawn extension in the city right-of-way." It must be covered with grass no more than 12 inches tall, or other herbaceous plants no more than 36 inches tall. The vegetation also cannot be a view hazard, based on the criteria of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. On private property, vegetation cannot be more than 12 inches tall, unless in a "cultivated bed or planned natural landscape."


Liquor


Except in areas where alcohol consumption is permitted, "no person shall possess alcoholic liquor in an open, uncapped, or unsealed container on a public street."


Marijuana


Per Michigan law, recreational use is legal in Ann Arbor. Adults may possess up to 2.5 ounces at any given time and grow up to 12 plants, but cannot sell it. Landlords may still prohibit its use on their premises, and universities may still maintain drug-free dormitories.


Non-motorized Transportation


No roller skates, sleds, coasting wagons, toy vehicles, or similar devices are allowed on streets, except on a crosswalk. No person riding on such a device is allowed to attach the device or their self to any vehicle on the street or highway. Bikes on the roads between a half-hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise must use headlights and have rear reflectors, and "every bicycle shall be equipped with at least one effective brake."

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