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Wed June 2, 2010
Speed trap ban hits bump in the road
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Objections from schools and local governments have delayed action on legislation that seeks to eliminate speed traps from Michigan roads.
State Representative and former county sheriff Rick Jones says some communities set speed limits lower than they should be to generate more ticket revenue from unsuspecting drivers. His legislation would require transit officials to use traffic studies and other objective criteria to set speed limits. Local governments say that would rob them of flexibility they need to ensure public safety in school zones, parks, and other areas where traffic could pose a risk to students or pedestrians.
Jones says he's listening to those concerns, but he accuses "big city lobbyists" of trying to kill his bills.
"They want to retain speed traps so the common citizen will have to pay tickets that they shouldn't pay. I intend to fight on," Jones says.
Jones says the legislation will be redrafted, and he hopes to have the bills ready for a vote within two weeks.