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Lawmakers look at lifting speed limits in Michigan

Aug 23rd, 2013 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers are looking at lifting the 70 mph cap on highway speeds and making other changes to reduce speed traps.

Grand Ledge Sen. Rick Jones is working on a bill with fellow Republican Tom Casperson from Escanaba they want to introduce this fall. One upshot could be speed limits rising to 75 mph or 80 mph on some freeway stretches.

MLive.com and TV stations WJBK, WXMI and WWMT report this week the proposal would make all roadways follow the "85th percentile" rule commonly endorsed and employed by transportation officials. That means limits that correspond with speeds at which 85 percent of vehicles safely travel.

Jones — a former Eaton County sheriff — says some speeds are deliberately set low to trap drivers and make money from traffic tickets.

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