Speed Bills! Legislation Clears Way for 75-MPH Michigan Speed Limit

January 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm by Andrew Wendler | Photography by Getty/Eastcott Momatiuk



Michigan governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing the increase of the posted speed limit to 75 mph on particular freeways. Intended for and restricted to sections of freeway in rural areas, the increases are contingent on findings of targeted traffic and security studies performed by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Division of Transportation.

Specifically, House Bills 4423-4427 call for the state’s DOT to allow the speed limit to be increased to 75 mph on far more than 600 miles of restricted-access freeways (mostly designated interstates) and to 65 mph on at least 900 miles of non-freeway state “M” numbered highways, but only if the safety and engineering research show that to be the 85th percentile of speeds currently driven on those roads—which most people driving these roads these days would tell you is pretty a lot a formality. The current maximums permitted are 70 and 55 mph. The most most likely candidates are freeways in the northern part of the state, including the Upper Peninsula. Primarily, this is a reasonable way for the state to say: “You know that rural freeway Up North exactly where the public has currently come to terms with the flow of traffic routinely exceeding the posted limit by ten mph? Well, let’s try to take a small of the hypocrisy out of the complete situation.” The bills also decrease the points penalty on drivers’ records—from three or two points to one—for those cited for exceeding the limits by a margin among five and 15 mph.

The bills also enable raising the maximum speed limit for trucks from 60 to 65 mph and adjust measures utilised by insurers to figure out eligibility for auto insurance.

Governor Snyder added, “Ensuring that all Michiganders are safe whilst operating autos on our state’s roadways is critically essential, and these bills permit for appropriately enhanced speed limits on specific roadways right after security studies are performed.”

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