MSP Hand Out More Than 200 Tickets During Traffic Crackdown On Metro Detroit Freeways

Troopers conducted 365 total traffic stops.

WWJ News
August 22, 2019 - 6:05 pm
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WWJ -- Hundreds of drivers in metro Detroit will have lighter wallets after a traffic crackdown by Michigan State Police on local freeways this week.

MSP says the first two days of the "Operation Slower to Lower" traffic detail led to 365 traffic stops in four problematic areas:

  • M-10/John C. Lodge Freeway between Wyoming and Linwood
  • I-96 between Beck and Wixom
  • M-39/Southfield Freeway between Michigan and Outer Drive
  • I-75 between M-59 and Sashabaw.  

Troopers handed out 215 speeding tickets and 41 seatbelt violations. 30 drivers were cited for driving without insurance and 11 for driving on a suspended license

17 drivers were hit for distracted driving. Police say they handed out 202 verbal warnings.

The fastest driver that troopers nailed for a speeding ticked during the traffic detail was going 101 mph.

"This has been very effective for us," MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw told WWJ. "Our ultimate goal is to reduce traffic deaths."

Shaw says that number has been "ticking upwards" in recent years, but he says it's starting to trend the other way, as the number of traffic deaths in Michigan is roughly 20 fewer than at this time a year ago.

This traffic detail comes after State Police wrote more than 200 tickets during a crackdown along Ford Road in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights last week -- including 133 tickets for seatbelt violations. Shaw says they conducted that traffic detail after a tip was sent to them via Twitter. 

"Somebody said there's a lot of people that were breaking the law, going down Ford. Unfortunately, they were correct," he said.

Shaw says there will likely be another operation next week.

"These operations become successful when we don't stop anybody at all. And we all kind of know that's probably never going to happen," Shaw said.