July 19, 2023
By Lane Kimble
LANSING, Mich. — One of Wisconsin’s neighbors is a step closer to potentially creating safer work zones.
Late last month, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a pair of bills which would allow the state to use automated traffic enforcement cameras in work zones. The measures passed with 61% support.
State police would be allowed to install and use radar and cameras to catch vehicles going 10 or more miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit.
A first offense would produce just a written warning, but a second offense could cost drivers up to $150. Third offenses (and beyond) would cost up to $300.
Tickets go to whoever registered the car, but owners can file an affidavit if they were not driving at the time.
The bills would require police to provide a clear picture of the license plate stamped with a location, date, and time. Police would also have to place a sign one mile from the start of a work zone where cameras would be used.
At least 12 other states allow such cameras either statewide or specifically in work zones, including Illinois and Indiana. Wisconsin law currently prohibits their use.
Michigan’s bill still needs approval from the state Senate and governor.