Don’t drive the speed limit in Michigan!

Jeremy Berman of Royal Oak got a ticket for going 70 m.p.h. on I-696, putting him squarely in the middle of a bunch of confusion about changes in Michigan freeway speeds.

He had heard, correctly, that the Legislature pretty much did away with the 65 m.p.h. expressway speed limit in Michigan last November, except for infrequent stretches — generally in urban areas with older freeways of outdated design — where lower speeds are legally justified. But I-696 isn’t one of those stretches, so legally the speed limit is 70 m.p.h., despite what signs say.

The trooper ticketed him for going either 5 miles over the limit or 3. Both are seriously pushing it. I would love to see the state trooper explain his way out of that one.


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