Some Michigan municipalities have ignored a mandate to set fair speed limits because they fear the loss of speed-trap revenue, reports the Detroit News. As a result, motorists who exceed posted speed limits may not be breaking the law since the limits themselves are unlawful under Public Act 85, which requires studies to determine proper speed limits. “I think money is part of it, and I find it reprehensible that communities aren’t following the law,” said State Police Lt. Gary Megge. “In many cases, the problem is the speed limit, not the motorist. Communities have to obey the law, too.”
A Detroit News review of 10 randomly selected Metro Detroit roadways identified as “speed traps” by the National Motorists Association, a grassroots advocacy group, found that no studies of those roadways have been conducted in accordance with the 2006 act. One motorist, Jim Walker of Lexington, beat a traffic ticket in 2008 by proving in court that the posted 30 mph speed limit on Nixon Road in Ann Arbor had not been set in accordance with PA 85.