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Speed limit bills passed in Michigan

On roads with higher speed limits, the consequences of unsafe driving can be particularly catastrophic. Dangerous conduct on such roads could lead to high-speed accidents, which can have an especially high chance of resulting in serious injuries or deaths. So, when on high-speed roads, it is critical for drivers to be very careful about their driving conduct. Skilled lawyers can advise individuals harmed by drivers who fail to do this on compensation issues regarding their injuries.

The importance of exercising care on higher speed roads could be a particularly important thing for drivers in Michigan to keep in mind these days, as the state could rather soon be seeing higher speed limits on some roads.

This is because of a set of bills regarding speed limits that was recently signed into law by the governor.

One of the newly signed laws puts certain rural limited access freeways in the state (around 600 miles of them) in line to have their speed limit upped to 75 mph. There are also some other speed limit increases set for certain stretches of trunk line highway in the state.

Speed studies are to be completed prior to the increases being instituted. Under the newly passed legislation, the increases are to occur within a year of the bills becoming active.

Now, speed limit increases are not the only speed limit changes the bills could bring about on Michigan’s roads. This is because the new laws also give authorization for requests for speed limit reductions in certain circumstances. For one, they give hospitals permission to request lowered limits on the roads in the vicinity of their facilities. They also give county road commissions and local governments permission to request speed limit reductions for certain gravel roads in counties with a population of over 1 million.

One wonders what speed limit changes will end up happening as a result of this newly passed legislation and what impacts the changes will end up having on Michigan drivers and the safety of the state's roads.

Source: Detroit Free Press, “75 m.p.h. speed limit approved for some rural Michigan highways,” Kathleen Gray, Jan. 5, 2017

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