Is modern traffic enforcement all about dollars instead of safety? An author says a strong yes.
Gary Megge, a lwho works in the Michigan State Police traffic services section says that speed limits need to be set based on the 85th percentile of free flowing traffic.
If speed limits are not set properly, this could pose safety issues for those drivers who are within the 85th percentile, Megge said.
“If we don’t match normal and safe driving behavior, if we try to post a speed limit that doesn’t match, we have a problem,” he said. “We make a large portion of the driving public illegal. That’s not the way we should be doing business.”
The Michigan State Police offers two publications on setting realistic speed limits.