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Some Michigan highways to increase speed limit

06 January 2017
Some Michigan highways to increase speed limit

Rick Snyder has signed a bill that would increase the speed limits on designated roadways in the state, the governor's office announced on Thursday.

The new MI law directs transportation department officials and state police to raise 70 mph speed limits on at least 600 miles of limited access freeway if they conclude that safety and engineering studies warrant the change. The bills also raise the maximum speed limit for trucks from 60 to 65 miles per hour and adjusts measures used by insurers to determine eligibility for auto insurance.

WZZM 13's Watchdog Investigator David Bailey spent more than a year looking into local governments across the state not studying and raising speed limits where appropriate.

Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed legislation that would have allowed billboards to be built on school property and increased the total number of billboards permitted in MI.

Hall says researchers will look at roads where 85 per cent the drivers already travel at higher speeds.

It's also believed higher limits will afford police the ability to focus on other enforcement areas such as impaired, distracted or careless driving, and restraint enforcement. Groups opposing the bill included the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Secretary of State and Michigan Municipal League opposed the bill. Bradford Jacobsen, Rick Outman, John Kivela and Charles Smiley. The measures are now Public Acts 445-449 of 2016.

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