The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Holly Hughes to give local communities more say in the speed limits on residential streets.
House Bill 5385 will allow communities to post a speed limit at 25 mph on most residential streets. Changes made to state law two years ago changed the process for determining local speed limits, requiring increases on many streets over the objections of local residents and law enforcement agencies.
“Residential neighborhoods should be safe places for our kids to play, people to walk dogs and home owners to enjoy peace and quiet without having to worry about cars speeding up and down the streets,” said Hughes, of Montague. “This plan ensures communities can keep their streets at reasonable and safe speeds.”
“This is a win for local communities,” said Jon Gale, Chief of the Norton Shores Police Department. “We know what’s best for our own local roads and what a safe speed limit is.”
House Bill 5385 now moves to the Senate for consideration.