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Dozens Stopped, Ticketed On Southfield Freeway During State Police Crackdown

There were 48 total stops

July 02, 2018 - 8:37 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Michigan State Police are cracking down on speeding and safety belt violations this week on M-39, the Southfield Freeway.

The first day of their extra holiday week enforcement saw 76 total violations over 48 total stops, as of 8 p.m., they announced on Twitter. 36 of the violations were for speeding, while 19 verbal warnings were issued. There were three seat belt violations and eight arrests were made.

Monday's top speed was 87 on the Southfield, which has a 55 mph speed limit.

Last week MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw said troopers would be providing extra patrol to the Southfield this week because "people just don't feel safe."

Shaw said MSP had received a lot of complaints about the safety of M-39, and it was time to crack down, as they did last winter.

"Everybody remembers right back in the winter months we went out there and did a targeted campaign on just the Southfield Freeway," Shaw told WWJ. "It kinda slowed traffic down for a while, and now we're at the point when it's kind of picked back up again."