Plan would allow local governments to use common sense, ensure safety
State Rep. Bradley Slagh has reintroduced a measure to change the way communities set speed limits, allowing them more choice.
Under current law, speed limits are set based on the 85th percentile of the average driver’s speed on that road. Communities then round to the nearest multiple of 5 miles per hour of the 85th percentile of speed, which often forces them to round up. Slagh’s plan would allow local officials to set the speed within 5 miles per hour instead of to the nearest 5 miles.
“If it comes in at 37.6 miles per hour, for example, communities must round up to 40 miles an hour. They have no choice,” said Slagh, of Zeeland. “There are other factors besides the 85th percentile that should impact the set speed limit, such as the existence of a school or church along the road. Local governments should be allowed to interject common sense when establishing limits.”
The bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.
“I was excited to vote yes for the citizens’ initiative repealing the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act. This act was used in ways that usurped the checks and balances that are guaranteed in our state’s constitution. One person should never have the power to silence the voice of the people and eliminate the ability for the Legislature to enact policies for the betterment of our state.”
State Rep. Brad Slagh, of Zeeland, today introduced a bill, which received bipartisan cosponsorship, to improve the process of renewing a driver’s license or vehicle registration in the state of Michigan while preventing unfair fees.