More than 2K speeding citations issued in Michigan during recent traffic safety initiative

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 29, 2021

(WXYZ) — Law enforcement agencies across Michigan issued 2,941 speeding citations and 2,353 warnings as part of a traffic safety initiative.

The "Great Lakes, High Stakes" campaign focused on stopping speeding drivers from June 19 to June 27.

“This effort is a wake-up call about the significance of traffic safety,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Office of Highway Safety Planning, in a press release. “Speed kills. This campaign has been a timely reminder about the need to educate motorists about the importance of obeying the speed limit and the value of enforcing the laws already on the books.”

Preliminary numbers show that here were also 314 seat belt violation citations issued. Among motorists taken off the roads were 109 drivers arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and 25 arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUID).

Law enforcement agencies cited numerous examples of risky and dangerous driving:

· During nine traffic stops by the MSP Grand Rapids Post in a 55 mph zone, all of the motorists were driving 70 mph or more.

· The Hazel Park Police Department reported that of the 111 speeding citations issued, two were for 20 to 24 mph over the speed limit; four were for 25 to 29 mph over the speed limit; five for 30 to 39 mph over; one for 40 mph over; and one for 60 mph over the speed limit (100 mph in a 40).

· The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office reported a semi-truck going 86 mph on M-28.

OHSP says that while Michigan has seen a 22 percent reduction in traffic crashes - 245,432 in 2020 compared to 314,377 in 2019 - there has been a spike in fatalities.