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Minimum Speed Limits to Increase Nov. 9th
In an effort to reduce the number of artificially low speed limits and to create confidence in Michigan drivers that speed limit signs correctly reflect actual driving conditions, many minimum speed limits in Michigan are being increased.
According to the Traffic Improvement Association, a nonprofit corporation that works to improve traffic safety, the new higher speed limits will actually reduce traffic fatalities and increase traffic safety out on Michigan roads. It is well known that artificially low speed limits are set for political reasons, which leads to tailgating, increased weaving and passing, disregard for properly set speed limits and contempt for police officers who try to enforce the artificially low limits. Cutting down on poor driving habits due to too low speed limits should also reduce the number of road rage incidents as well.
Robert DeCorte, vice president of TIA, stated “What is being done is that speed limits are being set at speeds that 85 percent of drivers drive anyway. What this will do is eliminate a lot of speed traps. Many people thinks that speed causes accidents. It is really the difference in speeds on the highway that is the problem. If all the traffic drives at relatively constant speeds, it should reduce traffic crashes.”
According to the president of TIA Frank Cardiman, “What we know is that if you have a proper speed limit, it reduces the number of crashes and fatalities.”
The changes are bound to effect all drivers on Michigan’s roadmap. For example even if you do not have a Commercial Driver’s Licence and do not drive an 18 wheeler, the increase in the speed limit for commercial trucks will cause all traffic to flow at a more even speed on the highways.
Commercial trucks will now be able to legally drive 60 mph on freeways, up from 55 mph where the speed limit for other vehicles is 70 mph. The speed limit for school buses is increased from 50 mph to 55 mph on highways with general speed limits between 55mph and 65 mph and where the general speed limit is 70 mph the limit for school buses is now 60 mph. On freeways the minimum speed limit for all vehicles is being raised to 55 mph up from 45 mph.
In an effort to curb the number of 25 mph zones, the
definition of what a business district is has been changed. Areas with
high and moderate population densities will have to set speed limits based
on the number of driveways and intersections on the road. And if the speed
limit is not posted, generally the speed limits in these areas will be
55 mph. Apartment complexes, condominium complexes and subdivisions will
have speed limits of 25 mph.