Former sheriff and MSP commander team up to end speed traps

LANSING — State Sens. Rick Jones and Mike Nofs, both former law enforcement officials, introduced Senate Bill 795  Wednesday to ensure speed limits posted in Michigan are scientific and safe.

“Studies have shown since 1941 that when speed limits are under-posted, more traffic crashes occur,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This bill will ensure that the proper safe speeds are posted.”

Jones, R-Grand Ledge, added: “We want the state to be known as ‘Pure Michigan,’ where tourists come to visit, not ‘speed trap’ Michigan. The intent of Public Act 85 in 2006 was to stop under-posting. Some cities have found loopholes. This measure will close those loopholes.”

If enacted, the proposed law would require cities, townships and counties to post speed limits based on scientific standards accepted by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation.